The edges of a bunker carved into the mouth of an inactive volcano glisten brightly in the morning sun. Within sits a large box-like machine draped in a shapeless cloth. Men in white lab coats and frantic countenances mill around the device, pencils scrabbling across clipboards. Suddenly a siren pierces the air; the scientists look up from their clipboards in unison, some in fear, some in awe. As the lights in the bunker blink to a pulsing red glow, three burly men reach for the cloth and in one swift movement whip it from the now-naked device, revealing the TOP SECRET PROJECT:
If there’s anything I’ve learned from being a frequent employer of writers for my various projects, it’s that writers need portfolios, and a blog is not a portfolio.
I often place ads looking for writers to write for me. Too often writers will send me fragmented writing samples in obscure formats, or a link to a shoddily-designed, hard-to-navigate web site that looks like a throwback to 1996. More frequently nowadays I get links to their blog, often filled with rambling, wordy posts on what their cat ate that morning.
As a hiring employer, all of these are a huge, huge turn-off. And I can safely tell you: a blog is not a portfolio. I don’t have time to read a 10,000 word screed on the merits of ketchup versus tomato paste when I have 100 other applicants to sort through.
As a writer, you need a professional, focused, and effective portfolio to show off your work. As an employer, I have limited time in my day to read writing samples. The easier you make it for me to access them, the more professional your portfolio looks, and the more relevant your samples are, the more likely it is that I’ll hire you.
That’s why I created Writerfolio. It’s a service that instantly sets you up with an elegant, professional writing portfolio web site that you can send to clients and editors. There’s no computer skill or techno-babble required. Just sign up, fill in some basic info using the easy-to-use dashboard, and pick from a choice of classy designer themes. You’ll get a link like yourname.writerfolio.com (or you can use your own domain, like yourname.com) that you can use to showcase your best writing in a sleek and, most importantly, professional way.
If you can click a mouse and type on a keyboard, you can create a gorgeous portfolio with Writerfolio. After all, you have better things to do than figuring out how to make web sites.
The best way to get the word out about a new site is to get bloggers to cover it. If you want to write a review of Writerfolio in your blog, be it a glowing review, a bile-filled one, or just a big meh, I’ll give you a free lifetime Writerfolio upgrade.
If you’re interested, sign up for a free portfolio, then use the ‘drop us a line’ link at the bottom of Writerfolio to send me a note with a link to your blog. I’ll then upgrade your account. You must have a well-established blog—no fair creating one just for this offer!
This offer ends on Monday the 6th.
Like Writerfolio and want to upgrade your portfolio from the free plan? If you’re already a Scribophile Premium member, I’ll upgrade your Writerfolio portfolio for half the regular price, for the lifetime of your account.
To take advantage, sign up for a free portfolio, then use the ‘drop us a line’ link at the bottom of Writerfolio to send me a note with the email address you use to log in to Scribophile. I’ll then verify your membership status and send you a link that will let you upgrade for the discounted price.
This offer is only good for a week, so it ends on Monday the 6th.