PitchWars 2015: #PimpMyBio Contestant Blog Hop

August 14, 2015 Writing Comments (149) 24231

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.

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.

Is that all clear? Good, then let’s proceed.

1. So how does this work?

It’s pretty simple. No doubt you’ve already read the mentor bios [All of them, right? I thought so.] and now you have a chance to write your own. If you want examples, you can look back at my bios from PitchWars 2013 and PitchWars 2014, or look at any of the 136 other examples from last year. Then follow these simple instructions:

1. At the bottom of this entry you’ll find a link widget. Enter your name (as you are identified in your PitchWars queries) and a link directly to your PitchWars bio (ie, not to your blog’s front page).

2. In your bio, please link back to this post (again, directly to this post! Not to my front page, which on any given day may or may not have anything to do with PitchWars!)

3. Share a link to your bio on Twitter and other social media [rumor has it there are social media sites other than Twitter] using the hashtag #PimpMyBio.

4. Please do poke around and read other contestant bios! Cheer each other on, follow other writers on their blogs and on Twitter, and just generally be a font of positive energy! This is supposed to be fun, after all.

2. Do I have to write and share a contestant bio?

I think we covered this already, didn’t we?

No, you don’t. But you may want to consider this feedback from 2015 mentor Dannie Morin:

…even though the hop is NOT official, it does help us as mentors. Reviewing my bio probably tells writers I’m sort of a weirdo and smartass and some people might not be looking for that in their mentor (though I cannot for the life of me fathom why!) Your bio, even though it is primarily just for fun, is a reflection of you. Don’t ever put anything on the internet that’s not! Once it’s online you can’t take it back, guys!

For me, a writer’s social media presence is important. Are you blowing up at people, being rude, sharing inappropriately personal details in a public forum? For me, that tells me we might not be a good match. Do you handle adversity well, have a great sense of humor, and take writing seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously? For me, that IS a good match. It might not be for another mentor, but it works for me.

On that note, I am also going to plug three pieces from author and past PitchWars mentor Rae Chang, “The Art of Killing Your Chances,” “The Science of Appearing Unrepresentable,” and “Don’t Be This Person.” You’ll find invaluable advice on how to behave, not only during PitchWars, but in general when navigating the series of complex tubes that make up the Internet.

3. What if I don’t have a blog or social media presence?

Then you’re not prepared to enter the publishing industry in 2015. Go create a Tumblr.

4. What if I’m afraid of criticism?

Okay, I totally just included that question as an excuse to drop that Lucille GIF.

5. Chris, why aren’t you participating?

I don’t have a manuscript ready. I’m still querying the manuscript that I entered in PitchWars 2014 [which one mentor told me she didn’t select because it was “as ready as it was ever going to be”], and I’m about a quarter of the way through writing a new one. That’s why I’m putting my bio-writing energy into composing this overly-long, GIF-laden blog hop intro.

6. How’s that query process going?

7. Just kidding, there is no #7. On with the blog hop!


(and the widget to add yourself)


149 Responses to :
PitchWars 2015: #PimpMyBio Contestant Blog Hop

  1. kathleea says:

    Mine is up!

  2. Tadaa! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Chris says:

      My pleasure! Good luck!

  3. Laura Brown says:

    Thank you for hosting!

    1. Chris says:

      Happy to! Best of luck!

  4. Victoria Griffin says:

    Mine is up! Thank you so much for hosting this. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Posted! Now to check out the others. Thanks!!

  6. E. M. Lita says:

    Entered! Thanks so much for everything!!!!!

  7. cassnewbould says:

    Can’t wait to get to know my fellow submitters better! 🙂

  8. Sara says:

    Sweet. #17. That’s my favorite number. That’s a good sign, right? 😉 Thanks for doing this!

    1. Chris says:

      Hey that’s my lucky number too,!

  9. disgruntledmom says:

    Done. Thank you. Can’t wait to check everyone’s bio

  10. So fun! Thanks for all the helpful info and for keeping things organized!

  11. Jerry Quinn says:

    Burninating the countryside! Merci beaucoup 🙂

  12. And it’s up! *waves hello*

  13. E.R. Warren says:

    Thank you for doing this!

  14. trishwrites1 says:

    Done. Guess there’s no turning back now

  15. Megan Morgan says:

    *waves* I’m in! I’ll try to stop by and say hi to as many people as I can!

  16. Thanks so much for hosting!

  17. Hester says:

    yay thank you!

  18. Lauren says:

    This was so much fun to make. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Added mine! (My name is Elizabeth Roderick…my name isn’t showing up as such on this comment).

  20. quix689 says:

    Added my bio (Katie Green). Thanks so much for hosting this! And I love the GIFs. Arrested Development is my favorite show, and you picked the perfect pictures for this. 😀

  21. Bio up and posted. Thanks for organizing this!

  22. Happily reading all of the bios. THANK YOU for being such a gracious host! <3

  23. All done! Now I just need to pluck up the courage to hit send!

  24. elle marr says:

    Lucky number 49! Thanks!!

    1. elle marr says:

      I mean 50! We’re all pretty quick on the draw it seems! 🙂

  25. laknight89 says:

    I’m a prime number! Whoo-hoo!

  26. Thanks so much for organizing this! You’re awesome! I’m looking forward to connecting to other writers. Pitch Wars is such a great community. Loved all the GIF’s. Good luck with your manuscripts!

  27. Sheena “too many gifs” Boekweg says thanks!

  28. Rachael says:

    yes, got mine up! Great idea! Going to read everyone’s now.

  29. befleet says:

    And it’s officially unofficial! Unofficially official? Something like that.

    Thanks so much for organizing, Chris!

  30. Aften says:

    Best of luck to all entrants. I’m loving these posts! Glad to be with you all.

  31. Aviva Gibbs says:

    Whoot! Whoot! It’s up 🙂

  32. Emily Victoria says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! These are so fun to read.

  33. S.D. McPhail says:

    I’m on the list! Whoo-hoo! Thanks for making this so easy!

  34. Kurt says:

    Thanks, Christopher!

  35. Andrea says:

    Thanks for hosting!

  36. thank you for hosting!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  37. Added mine! Thanks for doing this!

  38. Tasha Livingstone says:

    This is amazing, Chris! Thank you.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Added mine. Thanks, Chris!

  40. Bronwyn Deaver says:

    So excited there is another Bronwen in this contest! Off to stalk her blog now. 🙂

  41. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for hosting #pimpmybio!

  42. Posted! Thanks for doing this!

  43. Danielle Tannehill says:

    Hey! So fun! Thank you!

    1. Linnea Ren says:

      Also, thank you for doing this Christopher! It was super fun to write.

  44. blankfosterblank says:

    Thanks for hosting this. Funs!!!

  45. writingfromtheburrow says:

    I hope I followed all the rules correctly! Thanks for hosting-what fun! ^.^

  46. Riley Miller says:

    What a cool setup. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  47. Thx for hosting #pimpmybio

  48. lauralanni says:

    Thanks, Christopher!

  49. thetomboymommy says:

    Thanks, Christopher, for giving us a forum outside of 140 characters to introduce ourselves.

  50. Aightball says:

    Thank you for hosting!! Now, to revise my entry for PitchWars!

  51. Umber Bhatti says:

    Just posted mine 🙂
    Thanks Chris, this is a lot of fun!

  52. Sara Mariah says:

    Just posted mine. Thanks for hosting the hop!

  53. Thank you so much for hosting! 🙂

  54. Rachael Bellis says:

    Done! This is cool. Thanks for hosting!

  55. Hi I just posted mine! Thanks!

  56. This is awesome! Thanks for hosting. 🙂

  57. Kimmy :) says:

    Mine’s up!

  58. JulieArtz says:

    Thanks for hosting!

  59. Pamela Simon says:

    Done and done. Thank you!

  60. Elizabeth says:

    Love reading everyone’s bios!

  61. Margonium says:

    Dusting off the old blog for Pitch Wars! Booyah!

  62. kellinewby says:

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve been enjoying everyone’s bios so much I had to add my own!

  63. Thanks for hosting the blog hop! Good luck, everyone. 🙂

  64. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! Best of luck to everyone submitting. Regardless of the results, I look forward to hopefully getting to chat with you all on twitter.Tweet me at @meghanmaugeri. 🙂

  65. Louisa Marija I. Aricheta says:

    Let me just put this out there after reading through some bios. Writers are hilarious.

  66. Loretta Chefchaouni says:

    My wonderful CP is hosting my bio. Sadly, I’m blog-less. But my CP rocks!!

  67. pinguicha says:

    Just so you know, Chris, I LOVE your use of Arrested Development gifs.

  68. J Stryker says:

    #128! Thank you for hosting, Christopher!

  69. Hannah says:

    Thanks so much for doing this! 🙂

  70. Thank you for hosting this! You made it so easy. You are a rock star!

  71. Thank you! This is a really fun idea!

  72. RoseAnn DeFranco says:

    Thank you! Great idea!

  73. cjlehi says:

    I don’t wanna say that this group is intimidating. So I won’t. But it IS.

  74. Thanks for sponsoring this blog hop, Chris! It may not be an official PitchWars requirement, but it might be one of the most fun parts!

  75. Anonymous says:

    #134 Thanks! I’m reading everyone’s!

  76. Lillian Swindell says:

    Bio added. Now it’s time to read about other Pitch Wars entrants!

  77. I thought I added my comment, but in my post surgical haze i may not have. Anywhoo, thanks!

  78. Added my bio, good luck to everyone entering PitchWars! 🙂

  79. Did it. Not sure about the blog hop link back, though. I inserted a link in the text, but isn’t there a way to have the blog hop list on the bottom of my post?

  80. Thanks for running the blog hop and gook luck with your querying, Christopher!

  81. Lisa Super says:

    Thank you so much for hosting! This whole Pitch Wars experience has been so gratifying and it’s barely begun.

  82. Sydney says:

    Wow there’s so many of us!! 🙂

  83. shayemory says:

    Thanks for hosting this, it was so much fun to put a bio together!

  84. This is such a wonderful idea – hugely enjoying reading the other bios!

  85. M.A. Crosbie says:

    Thanks very much!!

  86. Michy says:

    Thanks for organizing this! What fun!

  87. Posted my bio! Thanks for hosting.

  88. Thanks for hosting this!!!

  89. mandylolita says:

    All done! Good luck to everyone.

  90. Irena says:

    Just linked!

  91. hetalwrites says:

    Thanks for doing this!

  92. Thanks for doing this!

  93. Wow, thank you so much for organizing this.

  94. Just posted mine! Hooray!!!

  95. Just added! Thank you so much!!

  96. Jenn says:

    Thanks for all of your helpful posts on insider secrets on the publishing industry!

  97. I posted mine! Yay!!!

  98. Rochelle Karina says:

    So much fun to read all these!

  99. rebeccasuejones says:

    Woo hoo! I posted. Not sure if I linked back correctly, but let’s hope 🙂

  100. genevieveangelique says:

    Hi! So the first time I tried posting my url into #177, it failed and I entered again into #177’s “empty” slot. Now I see I have TWO links up (#177 & #178). Weird. Please feel free to delete one of my links. Thanks!!!! Genevieve

  101. D.M. Domosea says:

    So much fun – probably the only thing I didn’t take seriously in #PitchWars!

  102. Posted. Thanks for the opportunity.

  103. annmarjoryk says:

    Thank you! Checked in a 189!

  104. rmlambie says:

    Thanks for hosting!

  105. Oh my gosh! 194 is my favorite number!

  106. cgreenwald28 says:

    195. Nice number, I think. Thanks for hosting!

  107. David Gillon says:

    Added me, Number 198 – I am not a number!

  108. Jason Beymer says:

    Posted mine! Can’t wait to meet everyone. Thanks for hosting this!

  109. Christy says:

    We made 200! I’m listed. Off to add some links in my blog post now. Thanks! Looking forward to getting to know you all. Christy

  110. Anonymous says:

    Hi, 202 here! Thanks for organizing this! What a fab list of writers!

  111. Jenna says:

    Entered! Thanks for doing this <3

  112. Kate S. says:

    Lucky number 204! 🙂

  113. eswesley says:

    Entered! Thanks a ton for helping people do stuff like this!

  114. So many bios to read. So much more fun than work.

  115. Thank you for doing this?

  116. Maria Mora says:

    Thanks so much for doing this!

  117. Erin Parisien says:

    Woo hoo! Finally got this thing done! 🙂

  118. juliapike says:

    Whoop! All done.

  119. rellyab says:

    All done, thanks <3

  120. Posted. Thanks for hosting!

  121. EP Hahn says:

    Okay all done! Thanks for setting this list up!!!! Good luck, everyone!

  122. Posted! Hope it’s not too late 😀

  123. Posted – thanks for running this!

  124. Brian Palmer says:

    Woohoo! I’m on the guest list! 😀

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