I'd like to share an excellent article that was in Karen Cioffi's newsletter The Writing World:
5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio
By D. Jean Quarles
Writing your first novel is an endeavor that takes perseverance, but
writing your author’s bio can cause the most loquacious of authors to
freeze. What should you include? What can be left out? And most
important of all, what do your readers want to know and that will
encourage them to buy your book?
Here are 5 tips to writing your author’s bio.
your bio in the third person. While writing your novel you probably
struggled here and there with the invisible critic that seems to be ever
close. That critic rears up again when the time comes to write your
bio, which is why it’s best to write your bio in the third person. This
will create some distance and you may find it easier to talk yourself
out what facts are relevant to your story. Where you were born or raised
is probably only important if you are writing about that particular
area. Telling about your previous or current career will also only be
important if it ties somehow to what you have written. Degrees and
education should be dealt with in a similar fashion. If they lend you
credibility for your writing mention them, if not, leave that
be sure to mention any awards, contests, or achievements related to your
writing you have acquired. No matter how insignificant you may feel
they are, they will show you are serious about your craft.
your characters quirky? Is that what brings them to life, if so use that
same quirkiness when writing your bio. If you have a sense of humor
that comes through your writing, find a way to share something humorous.
bio should be accompanied by your author’s photo. Give your photo some
careful thought. For many of your readers, your photo will come to
represent your brand. Do you want to be perceived as knowledgeable?
Thoughtful? Funny? Brave? You may want to consider hiring a professional
photographer and discussing the impression you wish your photo to give
to your readers before you sit for your picture.
You will need two or three bios: a short one for queries and such, a
longer one for your book cover, and sometimes just a one or two liner.
Read the bios of other authors before you begin and see what stands out
to you about each. Which ones compel you to check out their work? Then
write several versions and share them with other authors who can also
help give you feedback. And remember, just like a resume, your bio
should be updated regularly.
D. Jean Quarles is a writer of Women's Fiction and the co-author of a
Young Adult Science Fiction Series. Her latest book, House of Glass,
Book 2 of The Exodus Series was written with co-author, Austine
She is a wife, mother, grandmother and business coach. In her free time .
. . ha! ha! ha! Anyway, you can find more about D. Jean Quarles, her
writing and her books at her website: www.djeanquarles.com
You can also follower her at www.djeanquarles.blogspot.com or find her on Facebook.
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