Writing Prompt 104
Write your professional (business) biography.
On Monday, we talked about the need to write a personal biography. Now that you’ve written a statement containing personal details about yourself and your upbringing, it’s time to get professional. A professional biography is different from a personal biography because it contains factual statements about your education and work history.
Think of it as a lovely, fairytale-like version of a resume. Where a resume is typically a line-by-line listing of facts and details, a professional biography can be a bit more picturesque and detailed. Have fun with it!
Can you believe there are just 57 days left until NaNonFiWriMo 2013?
Your feedback through comments on this blog post is sincerely appreciated.
September Schedule – “Marketing” of Your Writing
Here are my plans for the full month. Please check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to read and follow the prompts.
- 1) September 2, 2013 – Writing Prompt #103
- a. Write your personal biography.
- 2) September 4, 2013 – Writing Prompt #104
a. Write your professional (business) biography.
- 3) September 6, 2013 – Writing Prompt #105
- a. Write your writer mission statement.
Get people interested in you and your writing
- 4) September 9, 2013 – Writing Prompt #106
- a. Write or modify your professional resume.
- 5) September 11, 2013 – Writing Prompt #107
- a. Write or modify your list of personal interests.
- 6) September 13, 2013 – Writing Prompt #108
- a. Write or modify your comprehensive skills, talents
For aspiring book authors:
- 7) September 16, 2013 – Writing Prompt #109
- a. List and describe your strengths and expertise.
- 8) September 18, 2013 – Writing Prompt #110
- a. List and describe your weaknesses, learning needs.
- 9) September 20, 2013 – Writing Prompt #111
- a. Describe your enthusiasm and preferences in topics.
For published book authors:
- 10) September 23, 2013 – Writing Prompt #112
- a. Identify negatives, shortcomings, and address them.
- 11) September 25, 2013 – Writing Prompt #113
- a. Identify positives and motivating factors
- 12) September 27, 2013 – Writing Prompt #114
- a. Research, list, describe target markets for off-line writing
- 13) September 30, 2013 – Writing Prompt #115
- a. Research, list, describe target markets for online writing
Education – Quick Tips
In this new education section, I’d like to provide a quick tip to motivate nonfiction writers.
Read magazines. Be courageous. Submit a query!
I’m sure you’ve seen that advice before but perhaps you didn’t know what to do with it. What would possibly motivate a person to pick up a magazine, study it, and attempt to come up with ideas for writing articles that could appear in that magazine? Perhaps the starry-eyed vision of seeing your name in print. Who knows? There are many wonderful valid reasons why it’s a great idea to write for magazines, also known as magazine journalism.
There are many sources out there that guide writers on how to pursue magazine writing and how to come up with ideas that magazine editors will like. For now, let me encourage you to begin this process by reading, reading, reading as much as you can. The ideas will come. And once they do, you can take the next step and submit a query.
Marketing Success in Writing
Today’s feature is on blogger Linda Formichelli.
Linda Formichelli and her co-author Diana Burrell wrote a book, The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success back in 2003. The book became a hit and an accompanying blog followed soon thereafter. On her Renegade Writer blog, Linda does a great job tackling many topics to benefit writers, specializing in things that freelancers should and shouldn’t do to make a living.
Among those topics? Heavy-duty discussions on how to construct “kick-ass” (her words!) queries that work. You’ll find a wealth of information on her site and you’ll always walk away with a better confidence to apply right away.
Marketing Success, Non-Writing
Here is our second feature on Artistic Toy Manufacturing Co. and the wild success of its custom plush and toys.
In July 2013, Artistic Toy participated in Celebrate America’s Birthday in America’s Birthplace at WaWa Welcomes America Philadelphia. A northeastern favorite supplier of submarine sandwiches (also referred to as hoagies by the locals), WaWa is a convenience store that sells packaged foods and treats, sort of like 7-11.
Here is Jim Socci sporting a custom sandwich hat commemorating the special occasion. Don’t you just love the clever aspect of this custom plush character?
Are you new to this site? Basic Information Here.
For those of you who are new to this website, you may want to read a refresher about the following:
Nina Amir – the owner of this site and inventor of National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo)
Amanda Socci – the creator of a 10-month training program consisting of creative writing prompts