When you first become published, you write your author bio, which touts your first book. Then you write a second book and maybe even a third or fourth. You might start a website or a blog. You publish a short story or are included in an anthology. And there – on Amazon, on Goodreads, on your Facebook or Twitter page – is the same old author bio that you first jotted down.
I have written before about how to write an author bio but of course didn’t address updating it. When you first start out, you probably proudly listed the title of your book or later maybe the name of the series you are working on. But once you get a number of novels written, it probably is easier to list the genre you write verses every book to your credit.
(first novel) Summoned: Book 1 of The Elemental is Susan’s debut novel. The sequel, Quietus, will be released this Fall.
(second novel) Summoned and Quietus, the first two books of The Elemental trilogy, are available wherever e-books are sold. The third and final installment in the series will be released early 2012.
(multiple books) Susan writes fantasy novels and short stories.
However, it simply isn’t a listing of your books. You need to update any links. Once you get multiple books, you may want to link to your author page on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords instead of to just one book. Linking to your author page will allow readers to see all of your books.
If you have built a website or started a blog, you might need to update or add these links to your bio. Or you might have created a book trailer that you want to have placed on your author page.
The key is to remember to check each of the places you have your bio listed. And as you start submitting your information to more sites that list can be long. Here are a few places you should check to make sure the information is up-to-date.
Amazon author page
Goodreads author page
Your website or blog’s “About Me” and “My Books” pages
Any author pages on writer’s websites such as Independent Author’s Network, Librarything.com, and genre specific sites