This month’s Industry Influencer spotlight is shining on mediabistro. Mediabistro is the go-to resource for those seeking jobs in the creative industry, those who want to take courses to better market themselves, and so much more! We’re thrilled and thankful for their taking the time to chat with us! Mediabistro graciously offered to give away one open spot in their June Social Media Marketing Boot Camp session to a lucky Writer’s Relief reader! To enter to win this coveted spot, leave a comment below by May 20 explaining why you deserve to win/what you’d do with the knowledge you’ll learn. (This isn’t a formal college entry essay contest, so be yourself!) This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Denise! Thank you to all who participated.
Let’s start simple. In one sentence, what is mediabistro and why should it be on every writer’s radar?
Mediabistro is an online site to guide you through every step of your media career from getting the job, to learning new skills to keep or move on to the next job, to always being up-to-date on changes in the industry. With our job board, classes and conferences, networking parties, and exclusive editorial content, we make sure to arm you with all you need no matter what part of media you are in.
Mediabistro is a big place; give us a map of the neighborhood and tell us where all the creative writers are hanging out.
Our map is endless. Courses are taught both in New York and online, so that wherever you live, you have access to the top industry professionals who are here to teach you the skills you need now. Our conferences take place in New York, San Francisco, and San Jose, as well as internationally in Berlin, London, Munich, and Singapore. But if you just want to learn from the comfort of your couch, our online community is thousands strong.
We run about 35 online and 10 in-person classes a month, in addition to our online conferences and events. In the next two months alone, we have classes on memoir writing, YA novel writing, personal essay, op-ed, children’s book writing, novel writing, and chick lit. All of our instructors are actively working in the field they teach, so they are bringing their experience and knowledge as an author, editor, or agent to give you insider information while you receive weekly feedback on assignments to complete your manuscript or article. We’ll also have a 2-day self-publishing online event this fall, in addition to our ever-popular Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, where writers can develop a cohesive social media strategy for LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and other platforms to promote their work.
We’ve been talking a lot about the importance of social media when it comes to writers who want to promote themselves. Can you give our social (media) butterflies an overview of your offerings on using the Web for promo and marketing?
In addition to Social Media Marketing, we also offer classes on SEO writing, Twitter Marketing, Blogging, Creating Your Own Website, and so much more. Our SEO classes will show you how to make your work search engine-friendly, so that you get maximum exposure for what you are putting on the Web. Remember, self-promotion is key, but you need to be sure people are seeing it! Twitter Marketing takes students through the process of maximizing their personal brand through having a greater Twitter presence, creating a keyword-rich bio, optimizing followers, and using tools to manage a tweet schedule. Every author needs a blog, where they can showcase their writing, promote their work, and build an online audience. Our Blogging class will show you how to design, promote, and maintain a blog that will be up and running in four weeks. And of course every author needs a website—one of the most important pieces of promotion and brand awareness. Create Your Own Website will show you how to create a website using WordPress without having to know advanced coding skills.
You’re hosting a number of online conferences for writers. What do they entail? (And how do they make up for not offering attendees any of those awkward cocktail hour sessions spent holding tiny hot dogs and business cards in one hand and “conference wine” in the other?)
Our online conferences feature speakers at the top companies, providing access to case studies and insight you can’t get anywhere else. Our Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, which will help you develop a social author platform, has featured speakers from Coca-Cola, The Food Network, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and many more who discuss how to extend your reach through social media.
Our Self-Publishing Finishing School included the editor of Galleycat, the founder of Smashwords, the director of Kirkus Editorial, Colleen Hoover, author of Slammed, and author Guy Kawasaki.
In addition to hearing from these speakers, attendees are placed into small groups, where they are working on projects and getting extensive feedback. In Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, students are working on each social media platform to improve their presence and reach, while in the self-publishing class they work on completing and posting an e-book with knowledge of how to price, market, and publicize it.
So no awkward cocktail sessions, no terrible food, and no stale wine. Just great conversation, feedback, and progress. With BYOB strongly encouraged!
Find out more about mediabistro! Of course, don’t forget to leave a comment explaining how you’d benefit from their June Social Media Marketing Boot Camp session.
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