Friday, 5 March 2010

C V Advice

I'm finally biting the bullet and sending BTL out into the world of agents and my chosen recipient requires a CV. My question is does anyone have any advice on the best way to set this out? Should it be a detailed list of what I have had published and where or is it better just to be general? I've written CV's for jobs before but never for my writing. All advice would be greatfully received.


Olivia Ryan said...

Hi Colette. I suspect there are many ways of doing a writing CV so I can only tell you my personal way - you might find something else works better for you of course! Firstly, like a 'job' CV, keep it as concise as possible. I don't think it's necessary to list all your publications; better to sum them up, eg: 'I have had 6 short stories published in national women's magazines including Take A Break (etc), 2 features published in blah blah, 3 newspaper articles ... ' Don't be afraid to sing your own praises: you can make a statement like 'I am a successful short story writer' - or 'I am a published feature writer', even if you'd only had one successful publication! Don't forget to
mention that you promote yourself by writing a blog and on Facebook - that's really important as it shows you're prepared to market yourself. If you like I'll send you a copy of my writing CV by e-mail just as an example, but please don't think I'm saying mine is necessarily the right way to do it - if there is a right way! Good luck with your submission. xxx

Suzanne Jones said...

Really wish I could help, but I'm sorry, I've never written a writing cv. Am sending positive vibes for you sub.


Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Olivia, I would really appreciate haveing a look ay yours if you don't mind.
Thanks for the vibes Suzanne. I'm going to work on the whole proposal tomorrow. The CV is only part of it and I don't want to rush it.

Karen said...

I think Olivia has summed it up perfectly :o)

Really good luck Colette, it's scary but exciting to be finally sending it out!

Colette McCormick said...

Exciting but very scary Karen bit I don't need to tell you that do I? Cheers