It’s important to keep up a writing resume to track your writing achievements. If you don’t keep track of what is going on in your writing career right when it happens, back-tracking will be very difficult. Having an up-to-date resume will help you put together proposals, show the strength of your platform, and may also help you get speaking/teaching engagements. Here are some of the items to keep track of on your writing resume:
Awards: When you receive notification that you are a semi-finalist, finalist, or winner be sure to add that to your resume. This goes for writing contests, too. If you’ve been awarded any honor for your writing, be sure to keep track of it.
Conferences: Another part of your resume should be conferences attended. It’s a great idea to show on your resume how you are continuing to grow as a writer by attending conferences and learning from experienced writers and marketers.
Speaking: Keep track of your speaking engagements, too. Be sure to get down the date of the event, the location, the topic you spoke on, and approximately how many people were in the audience. If you’ve taught at conferences, keep track of those events as well. It also is a good idea to film yourself speaking (well, to have someone film you) occasionally. Having a video can come in handy for booking future engagements or for marketing purposes.
Books/Articles published: Keep track of all of your published works. When and where did your published work appear? If you’ve written an article, what is the readership of the magazine? If you’ve written a book, keep track of how many copies have been sold.
Subscriptions/Memberships: Are you a member of RWA, ACFW, CWG, SCBWI, a critique group, or do you subscribe to something like Platform University? Be sure to keep track of these items and put the start and end dates of your involvement.
I hope you all have been keeping good track of your writing profiles on your resumes! I know that I haven’t kept track of my speaking engagements and conferences. If I were to put together my “agent resume” it would take me weeks at this point, and I’m sure I would forget to include important items.
Were you able to attend online conferences in 2020/2021? Be sure to include online conferences and speaking in your resume, too.
If you have a writing resume already, what other types of things do you put on it?
How have you done with keeping track of your writer profile?