Instructor Blane Bachelor

A smiling white woman, Blane Bachelor, with blonde-streaked hair and blue eyes

Blane Bachelor is a Florida-born, Berlin-based journalist who covers outdoor adventure, travel, parenting, and women doing awesome things. Her work has appeared in outlets including the New York Times, CNN, New York magazine, Outside, The Washington Post, Runner’s World, Men’s Journal, The Lonely Planet, and many others. An Air Force brat, Blane was bitten by the travel bug early, and her career in journalism has paved the way for countless (mis)adventures all over the world.

Following a stint as a newspaper sportswriter, Blane took off for Barcelona, where she taught English, learned Spanish, and started freelancing. Since then, her career has spanned three years as a senior editor at a content marketing agency, and hundreds of features, essays, and breaking news stories. Her dating advice column led to a book and an HGTV pilot that, alas, never aired.

Blane recently moved back to Europe — this time to Berlin, Germany — with her husband and young son. And yes, Bachelor is her real last name.


Pitch Like a Honey Badger


“The critique and feedback I’ve received from Blane have been invaluable to me. Having had no formal training in the craft, pitching has often felt like shooting nondescript arrows in the dark hoping they hit the bull’s eye that I cannot even see. Blane met me where I am, getting into the very basics of the way I form my pitches, editing them for me, pointing out words that are ambiguous or unnecessary, warning me if I’m editorializing. Her critiques have been encouraging and insightful, and have gently prodded me to push harder and do better. She has also shown me how to look at the larger picture and not get too entangled in the intricacies of the idea so that I can’t see the forest for the trees. ” — Tasneem Pocketwala

“I’m so grateful to have been a part of Pitch Like a Honey Badger! Instructor Blane Bachelor’s heartfelt comments gave me renewed confidence in my ideas.” — Brijana Prooker

“Blane’s feedback was right on target. She helped me hone in on a unique, sellable angle, and she knew where to cut extraneous language to get to the heart of an idea. I’ve read her feedback often as I’ve crafted new pitches.” — Alyssa Kagel

“I loved the Pitch Like a Honey Badger class. The lessons were full of useful nuggets of information on pitching during the pandemic, how to re-slant materials for several stories and lots more. Blane’s critiques were so useful! She went into the details: the nitty gritty of the idea, stylistic issues and timeliness. Above all, I’m grateful that I did this course and thanks to Amanda for the generous scholarship.” — Arundhati Nath

“Blane’s detailed critiques and encouragement were great! Loved everything in the course and thank you for the generous scholarship!” — anonymous feedback

“Blane is an outstanding editor who’s dedicated to helping writers tell the best possible story. With every assignment, no matter how small, she takes a thoughtful approach to editing, asks just the right questions to help strengthen a story, and lends a fresh perspective to help the material really shine.” — Matt Wastradowski, guidebook author and freelance writer

“I thought Blane was excellent. I’ve taken a course before with Amanda, and loved having her as a teacher because she offers critiques at a very granular level. I found that Blane is every bit as careful and “picky” :)” — anonymous feedback

Blane is one of the most talented editors that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She is thoughtful and intentional in her edits and is immensely skilled at elevating stories with a creative perspective, and she goes the extra mile to help writers improve their craft. I highly recommend working with her on any writing project! — Liz Fieser