We want to share this award with each and every one of our followers, readers, anonymous looky-loos, etc., because it's you who help make this blog a success. When we started Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood two years ago, our goal was to write not only informational articles for our chosen audience, but to also engage in dialogue with other writers out there. Writing can be a lonely profession when left to oneself, but we at the Sisterhood believe that it doesn't have to be. I'm very proud of each and every one of my sisters and the fact that they have taken time out of their busy lives to contribute to the success of our blog! Thank you ladies for traveling the lonely road of publishing with me. At this point, I don't know if I could continue without you!
♥ Mary Mary
If you're interested in reading either of the two articles that Sister Lorena and I submitted for the contest, please feel free to click on the links below:
Interview with Western Author Melody Groves ~ by Mary Mary
To Err Is Human, To Learn Divine ~ by Lorena
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On to my thoughts about bios!
Perhaps you're one of those aspiring writers out there who doesn't believe in entering contests. I mean, why should you have to pay money to have your work read, right? Well, I hear ya, but you have to keep one thing in mind if you're looking for credibility in the publishing world —
What are you going to put in your bio?
I had just this question pop up for me last week. An agent requested my work with synopsis and the dreaded BIO! What could I actually say about myself that related to writing? Just like a resumé asks you to list all your up-to-date work history, a bio needs to include your writing and publishing history (and not a thing should be mentioned about the number of cats or dogs you live with). Sounds simple, right?
Well, not really.
Unless you're publishing articles, novels, stories, books, etc. on a regular basis, then you need to start somewhere. But where to begin? Contests, my friends! I've written about the usefulness of literary contests in the past and I continue to feel that they are not only great in getting your work read by those in the industry, but they can also open doors to other writing-related things as well. Five years ago, when I started writing my first novel, I didn't have one piece of writing cred to my name. Period. Now, this is what I list in my bio:
- The five awards I've won and the names of each since they are scattered across the country.
- The contests I've judged. FYI -- If I hadn't have won in a couple of those contests then I never would have been picked as a judge for the other ones.
- My association and membership with the state's writing group.
- The conferences I've attended.
- My educational background, which in the writing world is very important.
- The fact that I am actively writing another novel and give a hint as to what I'm writing.
- And now, I can add the award-winning Sisterhood blog!
I encourage you, if you've never stepped into the contest waters, then do so. Try it out, see if you've got what it takes to win!
If you feel like sharing, I'd love to hear any great contest stories in the comments below (or any tips on bios that you might have)!