Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Behind the Scenes: World Beard & Mustache Competition 2014

Originally published October 25

The 2014 World Beard & Mustache Competition in Portland, Oregon, isn't over, yet, but I had to share all the amazing action happening behind the scenes. These are definitely the most amazing beards and mustaches of the world!

Ross prepares his mustache to hit the stage

Rich Bartlet getting interviewed by PBS. "The nice thing about this year is that the people who are almost there didn't come. this is top-notch here," he says. 


MJ.... wow... MJ reminds me of Motorhead in all of the best ways.



Xtopher Grey (like his FB page!) with Monica Storss

Neo G Yo & Seige prepare for a freestyle, beard-and-stache-focused hip-hop battle onstage.

Beard and mustache competitors line up to hit the stage.

The Keller Auditorium was packed.


God bless America.
Cheetos, too.
I loved this classy stache.

Life is good as a pirate.

...and with good friends.

YESSS



The 2014 World Beard and Mustache Competition is sponsored by Just For Men.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Website Launched for Ghostwriting, Developmental Editing, & Writing Consulting


For the past year, I've been working with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon to take my writing and editing business to the next level. This past week, I reached a milestone by launching a new website dedicated to my ghostwriting, developmental editing, and writing coaching and consulting services: www.mattiebamman.com.

The next step—after sending out travel-article pitches to AFAR, Portland Monthly, and Northwest Travel Magazine—is to hit the local colleges and libraries with flyers. Virtual advertising still has to be paired with good old fashioned community advertising! Wish me luck.

If you get a chance, take a look at the website and let me know what you think, and, if you know someone who needs help with a nonfiction book, article, website, or other written material, please consider referring me for the job. www.mattiebamman.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Early-Bird Registration Now Open: Northwest Travel Writers Conference - Travel & Words

Hey all— Just a quick note that early-bird registration for the Northwest Travel Writers Conference is now open. If you're a travel writer who writes about travel in the Pacific Northwest, this is your conference.

Firstly, it puts you in direct contact with editors who want to publish and are willing to pay for travel articles about the Pacific Northwest. Secondly, it's dirt cheap: $99 through January 31, 2015 (the host hotel gives significant discounts on rooms, too).

The 2015 conference will take place April 26-27, at the sprawling Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon. To visit Central Oregon and the 3,300-acre resort alone is enough reason to join—never mind the editors panel, networking, workshops, CVB exhibitors, and, yeah, great post-conference parties. Travel writing can be a very solitary profession, and this conference is really all about community. That's why we all volunteer our time each year to put it together.

To learn more about workshops, which editors will attend the 2015 conference, and more, check out the Northwest Travel Writers Conference here.