For the past few months, I’ve been releasing articles from my upcoming book Literary Career Moves Presents. Today I want to talk to you about your bio
This is a very important part of being an author and a lot of writers feel they don’t need a bio if they haven’t published. Well if you are getting your Media Face on and being active and apart of things, you have done something you can talk about. By now you should have at least been featured somewhere, interviewed, entered a contest, wrote a blog, wrote an article attended an event. If you haven’t, then are not ready to be a published author. Yes you may have written the book and have the passion but you are not ready for the business side, the hardest part of being an author. You are simply not ready. But if you have written a few blogs and articles, been interviewed, active in some events, you have some things to say and those things should be in your bio.
I came up with a few questions you should ask yourself when writing your bio. (Word of advice: You can always have someone else close to you write your bio for you. They’ll pick out things you’ve forgotten about over the years)
- How long have you been writing?
- What genre do you write in?
- Where does your inspiration come from?
- What event have you been involved in?
- What awards have you won?
- What’s the name of the book you are working on?
- When is it due in stores?
- What book number is this for you? First book? Second book?
- Have you written any blogs? Articles?
- Is there anything you are known for? Creating a phrase? An article series? A popular blog? A specific name you go by?
- Where can we find you on the web?
Now you don’t need to write four or five long drawn out paragraphs in your bio. Each author should have a short bio and a long bio. You never know what the editor or publisher will ask for. Always keep that in mind.
Your bio should be brief and to the point. Don’t answer the questions as if you are being interviewed. Be brief and to the point. Make sure your bio is written in third person.
How to not make this mistake:
Follow my guidelines above and get started on your bio as soon as you know you will be making writing books a career. Even If you have not sent your book to the publisher or editor and you are in the baby steps of writing a book, you still need a bio. Bios are not set in stone. They can be changed at anytime and updated at anytime. But you need to have a fresh one on hand the minute you know writing books is in your blood and you plan to make a career out of it.
Have a question for me? I’m here to help! Let me know what literary struggles you have this month and I’ll help you get through them. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“You are not the first person to struggle with writing a bio. But how else are we going to know anything about you if you don’t tell us. Many famous people are not discovered because someone just happened to find them and their talent. They had many days of working hard and planting seeds of for discover.”-Dominique