|Stewart Sternberg and friend at his author's reading|
How one finds a mentor is sometimes a matter of earnest work and sometimes a matter of luck. Some mentors can be life-changing, and some can be a detriment. There are no guarantees. And a mentor doesn't necessarily have to be a published author, but perhaps a teacher, or a peer with more experience with whom you can through teamwork grow and mature as a writer. It's important to network and to learn from others, formally or informally.