If you’re a new editor looking to learn the ropes, the ACES mentor program may be for you.

Each year, our mentor program connects six ACES members with a mentor (also an ACES member) for a 12-month period. Our mentorships are designed to be “get and give” partnerships that provide a rich and rewarding experience for both parties. Being a mentor -- and a mentee -- demands commitment to the mentoring process, common goals and expectations, and mutual trust and respect.

Apply for the Program

If you’re interested, download an application and email it to Patricia Cole.

Mentor Application    Mentee Application

If there is a match between expertise sought and expertise available, our program director will create a mentorship.

How It Works

The mentorship program accepts six mentees a year. The mentor relationship starts and ends at the ACES national conference, held in March or April of each year.

The mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet at the conference. ACES provides lunch and presents a short program on goals and expectations for the program. The previous year’s mentors/mentees are also invited, so they can share tips and insights based on their experience.

Mentors and mentees agree to a 12-month relationship conducted mostly via emails and phone calls. For best results, we strongly suggest setting up a monthly phone call.


  1. Allow individual growth and development through a mentoring partnership.
  2. Give newer copy editors access to industry veterans who can provide advice on skill-building and career development.
  3. Tap the vast knowledge within the ACES membership.
  4. Follow a formal, two-way learning process.

Please note that the project should provide guidance and inspiration to new editors. It’s not designed to take the place of formal copy editing training, nor can it.

What Is an ACES Mentor?

An experienced and knowledgeable person who participates in the development of another person through teaching, counseling, advising, coaching, supporting, and networking with other people.

Here are our guidelines for mentors:


Do not:

What Is a Mentee?

A person who may be less experienced in terms of career progress or specific knowledge in a profession and who is guided and trained by someone with more experience.

Here are our guidelines for mentees:


Do not:

Remember, your career is your responsibility. Your mentor is available to help you find solutions to problems or opportunities for growth, not to solve problems for you.