Recently, I was asked for a copy of my CV.
A UK agent asked me to forward her a copy.
Cue my blood pressure shooting up…
Trying not to hit the panic button, I done some research. Thank you Google! Phew!
I asked some questions…
How to write an author CV? Things to mention in the creative persons CV? What do authors actually need to highlight in their CV?
I found this template – it’s worthy of a share…
1234 Address, City, ST • email@example.com • www.MyWritersWebsite.com
- To obtain (fill in the blank: representation, publication, fame, fortune, etc.) for my (fill in name of work being submitted).
- “Poem 1,” “Poem 2,” “Poem 3,” The Literary Magazine Fall/Winter 2012
- “Short Story,” Anthology, Publisher, 2011
- “Flash Fiction,” Fiction Blog, June 2011
- “Novella,” Small Press, June 2011
- “Poem 4,” “Poem 5,” “Poem 6,” Prize Poem Anthology, Big Organization, May 2011
- “Micro Fiction,” Well-Known Blog, March 2011
- “Creative Nonfiction Short,” Prize Winning Anthology, Credible Institution 2010
- Freelance Writer (details, dates, clients)
- Writer at Company Name (dates and details)
- 1st place for form poetry in the National Writing Contest, 2010
- 1st place for creative nonfiction story in Credible Institution Award, 2010
- 2nd place in Memoriam Name Award, State Poetry Society annual contest, 2010
- Winner of Sunburst Award, September 2010
Writing Activities and Memberships
- member, National Poetry Organization, 2009-present
- President, Local Writers Critique Group, 2009-present
- Officer, Genre Fiction Club of State, 2007-present
- Served as a judge for Such and Such Contest, 2011
- Key Note Speaker at Nice Folks Writing Conference, 2010
- Professional horse racer, 2000-2009 (if project uncovers scandalous truth of racing)
- Master Plumber Certification, Accreditation Agency, 1998-present (writes about pipes)
- Masters in Creative Writing, The University of State, 2005-2009
Author’s Platform/Social Media Presence
- Over 5,000 loyal blog subscribers at FamousWebsite.com (i.e., Nathan Bransford)
- Twitter following of well over 30,000 (Don’t even think of using this unless it’s HUGE)
Credit: Thanks to http://annieneugebauer.com/ for publishing this template.
Doing some further research I stumbled on this summary of what to share and also another template,
While writing a resume, the following points need to be taken care of:
Objective statement – This section underlines your objective behind applying for the specific job. This is what the reader will first read in any resume and this is what should impress him. The applicant’s objective should be aligned with the objectives of the company in which he is applying.
Profile summary – This is the part where you write and summarize all the important points of your entire professional career. This, in short, is a part which concisely describes your abilities and USP.
Skills summary – Write a collective account of all your professional skills under this heading. This is used as a precedent by the reader in deciding whether you are capable enough and apt for the job at hand. Use bullet points in this section and don’t over populate it. Make it a point to keep the sentences short and crisp.
Work Experience – In a reverse chronological form, encapsulate the details regarding all your past and current companies and the respective posts you have worked at. Also, mention the important responsibilities handled by you at each job position.
Educational Qualifications – In the same way as the ‘work experience’ section, give the names of all the courses that you have completed along with the names of the respective colleges or universities.
Achievements – As the name suggests, this section is for stating your industry achievements – any awards, recognition, special mention, outstanding work, etc.
References – Include this section if you are asked to include references in the resume by the hiring company.
Here is a sample of author resume for your reference.
123, Utopia Boulevard
Boston, MA, 01234
To write good and self-realization books for the readers and reach out to the people in ways that money can’t.
- Published author of 2 titles till date
- 2 years of professional experience with TIME Magazine, LA as a writer and sub-editor
- Worked as a professor of economics in XYZ University, CA. Highly motivated individual with great interest in history and economics
- Extremely driven towards writing good literature for the readers
- Good in English language, both written and verbal
- Excellent time management skills and ability to finish drafts within the given deadline period
- Team player – always works with the editors in a coordinated and professional manner
- Excellent management skills that I used and polished while my stint as a sub-editor with TIME Magazine, LA
The Cassidy Corner of Blueman Burge, 2014
In the Winter of June’s Place, 2013
Professor of Economics
- Taught the students about macro economics
- Conducted seminars on various subject related topics
- Conducted classes for the MBA students
- Handled the editing of business and other related articles such as those related to global markets and stock exchange
- Worked in close coordination with the senior editor of the magazine
- Compiled weekly reports for sending them to the higher management
New York Post
(June 2006 – September 2006)
- Doctorate in Economics, AAA University, CA, 2010
- Post Graduation in Journalism, FGH College, CA, 2007
- Graduation in Arts, FGH College, CA, 2005
(Fill out this section suitably with your achievements.)
TIME Magazine, LA
This is how one writes an author resume. If you have already written a book then, first of all, mention the book in your resume application. This will provide an added leverage to your resume.
Thanks to http://www.aroj.com/sample-Communications/Author-Resume.html for this information.
Best of luck with your CV writing.