Every author needs an author bio, whether it is for their book, web page, Facebook, author page or when appearing as a guest blogger. The purpose of an author bio is to give readers a clue about who you are and what you are about. Sometimes writing a bio can be difficult, especially for new authors. Here are a few tips for drafting your author bio.
I suggest you actually create several bios of different lengths. You can use longer ones on your website or author pages on Amazon or Goodreads but you will need shorter ones for your books or for appearing on other blogs. Typically, your shorter bio should be about 75 words (give or take about 10 words). (The example at the right is 82 words.)
Limit your accomplishments
When writing your bio, don’t list every book or award you have ever won. Focus on a few accomplishments (no more than three) to highlight. Also don’t list every book you have written. You can provide them with your website address for them to find out more about you and your others works and accomplishments.
Keep it updated
Don’t forget to update your bios as you continue writing. If you are using the same one as when you first became published, you probably need to change it from saying you finished your first book to you are now on book seven.
As you change as a writer, your bio should reflect these changes. And while you are updating your bio, make sure you have included a photo of you, not your dog or your book cover. (This holds true especially for Twitter.) Readers want to be able to relate to you and picture you as a real person.
An author bio is like your business card. It should provide readers with a way to contact you. The contact information should appear at the end. You can use your Twitter, Facebook or email address as your contact info or simply provide your web address.
If you don’t give readers some way to contact you, then you have missed an opportunity to interact with a fan and interaction means everything in today’s high-tech world, even if it is just virtual interaction.
A few other dos and don’ts
- An author bio should always be written in third person.
- Keep the information relative to who will be viewing it and tailor it to that audience.
- Don’t include “resume” type information such as education and job history, which tends to be boring unless they are relevant to the book you are promoting. (This could be key if you are writing a non-fiction book and want to establish yourself as an expert.)
- Include biographical information such as marital status, number of children, pets or hobbies as these show you are a normal person and can help readers relate to you.