Most writers I know, hate writing their bio. We really do not like to write about ourselves, so no matter how long you do this for it will always be a bit awkward. However, as we embark on our quest for information, the author bio is our first port of call. Like it or not, we need to dedicate time to hone this skill.
There’s no surefire way to construct a writer’s bio, however, the general practice is to write your bio in the third person. It should be short and succinct; what are you supposed to write in that brief paragraph, anyway? A snapshot of the author's contact details, credentials, previous publications and personal life. It should give us everything we need to know at a glance and leave us wanting more. Here are some helpful tips to make it stand out. Read on!
Bio is similar to a cover letter in a job application, usually between 40 and 250 words long. The first line should introduce you, what you do, and where you’re from. Move on with one or two sentences. Are you a graduate of any writing courses? Is your college degree relevant to the job you are applying for? Have you had any fiction of poetry published? If you haven’t published anything be honest. People do look sometimes for your credentials online.
Keep it simple. In this case, less is more and too much is arrogant. Instead of repeatedly using your name, use pronouns to break up the flow. Don’t write a book, but a unique fact about yourself will help your bio stand out. Appropriate humor is a plus. : Don’t write that you hope to someday become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Don’t lament the fact that you haven’t been published yet or dropped out of college. (Example: 2 years of college courses.) Focus on the positive.
It goes without saying that your bio should be free of grammatical, syntactical, and spelling errors. Make sure to keep your bio on file, and make the necessary updates as you gain experience and become a published writer.