#PitchWars Mentee Blog Analysis

August 16, 2015 Blogging, Writing Comments (7) 266

Let’s begin with the reason there’s a mentee blog hop at all: If you’re looking to enter the publishing industry, you need to have an online presence. There is some disagreement as to what exactly that presence should be (in particular, whether actively blogging is worth a writer’s time) but nearly everyone agrees you need some presence to help market yourself and your work, and that you shouldn’t wait until after you are published to start.

It seems like that message got around, because it’s been less than 48 hours since we opened the #PimpMyBio blog hop and we’ve already got over 100 listings. As I went through and stalked mentees, I got curious about how people were making use of the web, and so I thought I’d take a survey and quantify some trends. The following is based on a review of our first 107 applicants; I will update this data periodically as the list grows. Continue Reading

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PitchWars 2015: #PimpMyBio Contestant Blog Hop

August 14, 2015 Writing Comments (147) 3812

Hi there, fellow writers! I’m delighted to announce the third annual PitchWars mentee blog hop, affectionately known on Twitter by the hashtag #PimpMyBio. Dannie Morin, 2015 mentor and host in our first two years, asked me to take over this year, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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First and foremost, one point must be made explicit:

** This is not an official Pitchwars event and is in no way required. **

This is something fun, a way for contestants to show some personality, get to know one another, and cheer each other on. As it happens, I know some mentors take the time to read contestant bios, but you do not have to write a bio to compete in PitchWars.

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Pitch Wars 2015: Mentee Bio FAQ

August 5, 2015 Writing Comments (1) 202

1. What’s the deal with the Pitch Wars mentee bio thing?

It’s a fun, totally optional and unofficial way for mentees to get to know each other, and for mentors to stalk and study their would-be mentors. We follow the pattern of the mentor blog hop, but encourage creativity and variety. Continue Reading

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