Your author bio matters. As much as we wish we could write up a few words about our lives and just stick it up for the world to see, there’s a lot more to it than that.
How you write our author bio can change the way potential readers and those who’ve already purchased view you and your platform.
It can also impact whether or not they buy another of your books, if you publish multiple.
But knowing the best way to write your author bio and how to make it speak to your readers in a specific way is the key…and we’ll cover just that for you, with examples.
Here’s how to write an author bio:
- Author bio formatting
- Know your readers
- Include your background
- Stay factual in your author bio
- Use your personality in your author bio
- Include awards and such
- Get personal
- Learn from author bio examples
- Keep learning about author bios
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What is an author bio?
An author bio is a paragraph or so about you, your credentials, your hobbies, and other information you wish to share with readers.
It’s how readers get to know you beyond the pages of your book. While your books are a great way to introduce yourself, an author bio can set you apart, bring in more fans, and even sell more books if you know how to write it correctly.
That’s what we’ll teach you here today.
How to Write an Author Bio That’s Impactful
So you’ve finished your draft and are ready to tackle the next steps of putting it out there in the world. (Promise me that you’re not procrastinating by reading this blog! If you are, get back to writing right now!)
The first step is to figure how who you want to be perceived, how you want to brand yourself, is in your author bio.
This is the blurb that will go on your Amazon author page, your Book Bub author profile, your Goodreads page, your author web page, on the back of your book and so forth. It’s a really important little piece of work that you want to get right!
While your book cover design is the most important tool when marketing a book, your author bio is easily number two. This is where you convince your audience why you are the best person to tell them about the matter at hand.
It’s a place to connect with your readers and build your legitimacy.
You’ll want to stay factual while interesting. You want to make yourself approachable and toot your own horn, just a little bit.
Here are some tips to master these.
#1 – Author Bio Formatting
Although you are writing the author bio, it still needs to be written in the third person no matter how quirky it is. In other words, avoid using “I” as your sentence subject but utilize your name or last name instead.
Additionally, you’ll have many drafts and varieties of this author bio. You’ll want to change it up depending on the application.
You may have a punchier version on your website while your bio for that speaking engagement session at a writing conference that you’re leading (and we’re confident that will happen for you!) will be more serious.
Today, we’re working on the basic draft that you can tweak as needed.
Remember to keep the bio short, less than 300 words. It seems that three sentences is a well-tested length (more on this later). Your author bio is not an entire list of every single award you’ve won or your life story.
Even if you did win the “Young Writer’s” award in middle school, unless you’re still in middle school, this little known fact probably doesn’t deserve to be on the back of your book.
Feel free to have a “full accolades” section on your author website where you can list every single thing you’ve ever done, won or written.
Your mom will be super proud of this list but readers browsing Amazon don’t need to get into the major details.
Here’s how to format an author bio wrapped up:
- Use third-person POV when writing it
- Keep it under 300 words
- Add relevant/recent achievements
- Minimize the number of sentences within those 300 words.
And remember: an author bio longer than 300 words or so will take up too much space and become an oversell.
#2 – Know Your Readers
Your bio is an extension of your book.
Write it for your audience. Keep the same writing style and connect this text to your subject matter.
If you wrote a book on productivity, a lengthy sentence about your lazy vacations doing nothing is not relevant and in fact, can persuade readers to avoid your books because they’ll think you to be uncredible.
Here are a few tips for getting to know your audience:
- Interact with your readers on social platforms
- Listen intently to the feedback during the beta reading process
- Run your author bio by a group for feedback and adjustments
- Ask people close to you if the bio embodies your personality and is accurate
#3 – Include Your Background
In order to sell yourself to new readers, you will want to include your pertinent background. If you happen to have other books, do include their titles and how many languages they have have been translated into or how many countries they’ve been sold in.
List your related education and memberships. Any higher education beyond college is usually noteworthy too.
Keep your lists short though. Only list three books, for instance, and a couple of memberships. A list of ten books, three degrees, and five memberships will only be skimmed by potential book buyers at the very best.
A huge list like this will become white noise so only include the most important and interesting stuff.
Your fanboys and girls (and your mom’s friends) will look to your aforementioned author website for more info and you can keep the tidy, complete list there.
#4 – Stay Factual
Statements like, “has always dreamed of writing a book,” while certainly may be true, are hard to back up and aren’t going to help sell your book.
Stick to the facts and to what you can prove.
Another reason for this is if you claim achievements that aren’t true or invalid, there will always be someone there to point it out in an attempt to cut you down.
This can reduce your credibility, and therefore, readers’ trust in you.
#5 – Use your personality
One of the best things about being an author is that you get to put your personality, views of the world, values, and more into your writing.
What some don’t understand about authors is: if a reader likes you, they’re very likely to enjoy what you write, because your essence bleeds into the pages.
Being able to showcase this with your personality can do worlds for your readers connecting with you and wanting to read your book out of curiosity if nothing else.
Here are a few tips to add personality to your author bio:
- Exaggerate your tone just a little in order for it to be more evident
- Be goofy and creative with how you describe yourself (See Jenna Moreci’s example in #11)
- Have fun with it!
- Throw a joke in your bio
#6 – Include an achievement or award
In addition to your backlist of books, your awards, and education, you’ll want your readers to know any higher-profile stuff you have going on.
Be sure to cover your awards, your following, and any big deal author interviews or features.
Again, if any of these this happened decades ago, it may not be relevant. But if you have a quarter-million followers on Twitter or on your blog, this will sell your authority (and yeah, a quarter-million sounds better than 250,000 but are the same number!).
If your writing has been nominated for awards but didn’t make the cut, that is often fitting for an author bio too. “Award-nominated” anything is pretty cool!
#7 – Get personal in your author bio
Provide a bit of personal information to connect with your audience. The reason for this is if a reader sees something they have in common with you, it’s an automatic bond and gives them more of a reason to buy.
It’s standard for authors to share where they live and what their family make-up is.
A few non-divisive hobbies and interests are also often included. If you have experiences that are related, such as extensive travel or extreme situations, they may relevant to share as well.
Again, know your audience and choose wisely. Maybe (terribly) you were part of a cult as a child?
That’s really interesting but unless you’re sharing this story in the book or proves your authority on the subject at hand, skip including it in your author bio!
Bonus Author Bio Tip: Keep these bits broad enough to include a larger number of people. For example, if you play the flute, simply mention that you’ve been playing an instrument for however many years as this is more inclusive, and there’s a higher chance of others connecting with you.
#8 – Author Bio Example – Chandler Bolt
We all known and love Chandler Bolt, Self Publishing School Founder. We wouldn’t be here learning about writing without his hard work and book writing methods. Chandler’s author bio on the back of his book Published is only three sentences long but packs in a lot of authority building, states facts plus toots his horn a bit.
These three sentences along with the killer book cover art work well to sell Chandler’s mastery of book publishing.
Chandler’s Amazon Author Page is another version of his author bio. Here, Chandler gets really personal stating that his birth was almost miscarried!
He also gives some background about his entrepreneurial experience and awards.
#9 – Author Bio Example – Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller and nonfiction author who also writes under the pen names of JF Penn and Penny Appleton.
She’s written and self-published nearly 30 books so she really knows what she’s doing. On her Book Bub author page, Joanna’s short bio is only (surprise!) three sentences.
It concisely tells potential readers a short version of her accolades and narrows down her writing style quickly. Then it tells us where she lives and one of her favorite drinks.
On her own website, The Creative Penn, Joanna provides a different three-sentence version of her short bio and then gets into the details about all her books, the many awards and best-selling experience she’s had plus where she lives and her favorite wine (a different drink mentioned here!)! Joanna’s short bio on her page is three sentences and shoves in a ton of accolades into a small space.
#10 – Author Bio Example – Amy Twigg
SPS alumni, Amy Twiggs, wrote her first book the Self Publishing School way and can now call herself a best selling author among her many other accomplishments (and there are many!).
Within her first book in the Flippin’ Awesome Series, Flippin’ Awesome Gymnast: 5 Tools to Crush Fear & Increase Confidence for Gymnasts (Volume 1), Amy uses the last page to tell her audience more about herself in her author bio.
Here she tells about her family, her gymnastic prowess as well as her authority and love of athletic mental training. T
his all builds strong authority for her book and brand.
On her Goodreads page about the same book, she sells the book by telling prospective readers that she’s been where they are and know “what it feels like to try your best and to fail.
I also know how it feels to work hard to achieve your goals.” She sells her wisdom and experience. Note that it is the norm to write in the first person on Goodreads but this is a big rule breaker everywhere else.
All of these examples have variations of author bios written in just a slightly different way for different applications. They all say very similar things about the same person.
#11 – Author Bio Example – Jenna Moreci
Not only does Moreci have ample experience when it comes to self-publishing, but she’s also among one of the best examples of how to market your book effectively, including how she’s written her author bio.
Here’s an example of her Amazon author page with her bio:
Notice how Moreci keeps it short, brief, but very clear with who she is, what she writes, and even has enough personal information to let readers into her life at an appropriate level.
If we take a look at her personal author website’s “about” page, we’ll see she has something similar, but with a few more additions, including her books and more.
In this example, Jenna has also doused us with her personality, giving us insight into how she operates and therefore, the tone of some of her books.
More Ideas for Writing an Author Bio
Know the very essence of your book and find keywords that your readers may search for to find your book. When crafting your author bio, use these keywords that search engines can catch.
Although it may be irrelative in some bio spaces, add links to any free giveaways (we’ve got some ideas on that here..) on your website, your newsletter, social media or whatever web presence you have.
Also, feel free to add a call to action where applicable.
If you need inspiration, check out this guide to writing your about the author section here.
Final Author Bio Thoughts
Remember that there is no perfect bio, and there are no two alike. Although these are all good ideas, it’s not an exact formula. Your author bio will be unique and will change as you write more books and gain more accolades (because we know you will!).
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Do you have more author bio tips to share with our writing community? Do you think bios should be longer than three sentences or do you like this standard size?
- Keep it brief. ...
- Use a third-person voice. ...
- Start with a one-liner. ...
- Sell yourself. ...
- List achievements sparingly. ...
- Include some personal tidbits. ...
- Use a professional photo. ...
- Hannah Lee, author of Bloom Where You're Planted.
- Introduce yourself. Start your bio with a brief introduction that shows who you are. ...
- Keep it concise. Start with a word count in mind. ...
- Use third person. It may feel strange or even challenging to write about yourself. ...
- Write strategically. ...
- Include your contact information. ...
- Edit thoroughly.
- Introduce yourself.
- State your company or brand name.
- Explain your professional role.
- Include professional achievements.
- Discuss your passions and values.
- Mention your personal interests.
You can add your author bio to your Amazon book page by visiting Amazon Author Central, select your book, and add it in the “About the Author” section. You can add the “About the Author” page into your back matter for a physical book.
To be an effective writer requires using words and sentences as tools to express ideas and emotions in a way that is distinct to you. Great writers—whether they are fiction authors, historians, memoirists, poets, or bloggers—must work to find their own voice.
For a three-sentence bio, consider these three objectives: Tell readers who you are and what you do. Reveal a glimpse of your personality. Encourage readers to find out more.
Include at least one professional accomplishment. Describe your values and how they inform your career. Briefly tell your readers who you are outside of work. Consider adding humor or a personal story to add flavor to your professional bio.
The best bios include essential and interesting information. A biography weighed down by extraneous details can become dull or bury critical details. Your bio's optimal length will depend on its purpose, so consider that before you begin the writing process.
Learning how to write a good author bio takes some insight into what makes a good one, why an author bio matters, & how to write it to increase book sales.
Author bio formatting Know your readers Include your background Stay factual in your author bio Use your personality in your author bio Include awards and such Get personal Learn from author bio examples Keep learning about author bios. While your books are a great way to introduce yourself, an author bio can set you apart, bring in more fans, and even sell more books if you know how to write it correctly.. This is the blurb that will go on your Amazon author page, your Book Bub author profile, your Goodreads page, your author web page, on the back of your book and so forth.. While your book cover design is the most important tool when marketing a book , your author bio is easily number two.. That’s really interesting but unless you’re sharing this story in the book or proves your authority on the subject at hand, skip including it in your author bio!. Chandler’s author bio on the back of his book Published is only three sentences long but packs in a lot of authority building, states facts plus toots his horn a bit.
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This descriptive bit of writing informs readers, in few words, who you are, what you write, and what makes you unique .. Those first sentences are the most important—as with your book, if readers aren’t engaged right away, they’ll stop reading.. Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors, and I love the way she spruces up the long list of her well-deserved achievements and published titles.. Since then, he has published eleven titles in The Mean Streets Crime Novels series.. Here’s another short and fun bio that mixes expertise with humor and personal tastes:. He currently makes his living as a full-time author.. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize.. His last eight novels were all New York Times bestsellers.. It’s easy to impress readers with a long list of awards and successes.. What if you’ve only just published your first book?. How can you make your author bio impressive and engaging?. “Some authors don’t feel like they have enough to say about themselves; but just the fact that you’ve written a book makes you important enough to have at least a 3-4 line bio!. Think creatively about what elements of who you are might be of interest to readers; don’t be shy!”. Try running your bio by some friends and see what they like or don’t like about it.. For my fantasy novels, I mention that I write in other genres but don’t list those titles.
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An author bio is a brief passage, usually about a paragraph, that introduces an author and sums up their work, their authorly credentials, and anything else their readers might need to know about them.. Here is a 4-step process for writing your author bio:. For instance, a byline might read:. You can learn more about Niyati and her publishing story here .. An important job of an “About the Author” section is to boost your credentials, says editor Rachel: “You want to show your qualifications and credibility so that a reader will feel validated in choosing your book to read.”. According to Rachel, “Qualifications can include writing courses, college degrees, awards, bestseller lists, and accolades or, for fiction authors, even a lifetime of interest.” Here are a few of her examples:. Check out her “About the Author”:. Check out fiction writer Natalie Barelli’s bio for an example of personalization done right:. Natalie Barelli can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller.. An author bio is unique to the writer, so everyone’s will look different — but by following our 4-step process and using the author bio template, you’ll include everything you need to maximize your chances of winning over readers.
Learn the 8 steps on how to write an author bio. Discover what you should do and not do in writing a compelling author bio.
Because you must fight for the attention of your reader, it’s important to learn how to write an author bio that effectively grabs their interest and communicates why the reader should consider your books.. “Build a Better Life – One Habit at a Time” Getting more from life doesn’t mean following the latest diet craze or motivation program.. In his books, S.J.. When not writing, S.J.. likes to read, exercise and explore the different parts of the world Learn more by scrolling down the page and check out his books on developing positive daily habits…”. If your story relates to a real-life experience, mention the inspiration for your book.. For fiction writers, offering more personal information in your bio can be a good strategy, as your readers enjoy getting to know you.. A good example is this bio from romance author Laurelin Paige:. While the author bio should highlight your credentials and experience, it is important to remember that your bio is primarily about your reader.. While you are trying to sell yourself, your goal is to align with your reader’s interests and needs so they will feel like they not only relate to you but also gain from your insight.. Make it clear that you are writing for your readers and not for yourself.. Take a look at Barrie’s author bio to see how she focuses her bio information on her readers needs:. If people can relate you to another author that they already enjoy, they will be more likely to buy your work.. Your author bio will be seem by many people who may not buy your book right away.
The author bio is the final detail on your manuscript, completeing your hard work and effort! Learn how to write an author bio with no experience.
Facing this final step in the writing process can leave a first-time author shuddering as they wonder, “How do I write an author bio with no experience in writing?”. Think about it—all great authors had to write their first book at some point, meaning they were faced with the same problem of how to write an author bio with no experience.. The author bio should cultivate a sense of relationship with prospective readers; to entice them just enough to buy your book.. Even as a first-time author, you can craft an interesting synopsis, including who you are, what you write, and why someone should read your book.. An author’s bio is akin to an elevator pitch, an interesting summary of your life, and how it relates to the book you wrote.. The primary difference between a first-time author’s bio and a seasoned professional’s is that the latter will be able to include other titles he or she has written in their bio.. Even the above author bio examples for first-time authors may not be enough to help you create your eloquent bio.
Author bios can be hard to write, especially for unpublished writers. These 11 author bio examples include short author bios and longer approaches to help you think of what to say and to inspire you.
Publishers usually ask their authors for them for their website and the back of the book.. I’m including author bio examples from several different kinds of writers here.. In my day job in publishing, when I ask authors for bios, I ask for 100 words or less .. in her bio.. Author.
How to write a great author bio for any platform that gives readers the information they want and piques their interest.
For fiction writers, your author bio is an opportunity to establish a connection or build goodwill with readers before they buy your book.. Your bio will mostly be read by readers, so think like a reader when you’re deciding what to include.. By keeping your readers top of mind when writing your bio, you are more likely to write a bio that attracts readers and piques their interest.. For example: “Mary Smith is an avid adventurer and author of the Wright Circle Series.” “USA Today Bestselling author Frank Jones is a former U.S. Marine and author of the new novel “Excellent Book Name.” By starting your bio with a sentence that can stand apart from the rest of it, you are giving readers instant information.. Different places for your bio will have different length requirements, but by keeping your bio under 150 words, you are making sure that it will fit without editing in most placements, and it will be short enough that readers can easily read the whole thing.
How often do you come to the end of a great novel, an enlightening article or an inspiring poem and immediately set out to learn more…
As we embark on our quest for information, the author bio is our first port of call, a snapshot of the author’s contact details, credentials, previous publications and personal life.. Whether you’re new to the writing game and wondering what to include, or you’re an established author hoping for a refresher, we’ve put together a guide that can fill you in on how to write a short, medium and extended bio along with a selection of helpful tips to make it stand out.. Since you have very little space to work with, the key to writing a short bio is choosing only the most important information.. In other words, you’ve got more space than you had writing the short bio, but you don’t want to give everything away just yet.. In other words, the reader has skimmed over your short bio and taken a look at your social media profile.. Extended bios include all the information that couldn’t fit into your short or medium bio.. In the extended bio featured on her website , Jane Friedman begins with a three-paragraph outline of her most important information, including a rundown of her experience in the industry, information about her award-winning blog, and experience in writing essays and public speaking.. Image via PicJumbo Now that you know how to write a short, medium and extended bio, here are some hot tips to help you make them even better and manage their evolving nature.. The bio you write today will look completely different in five years’ time.. In a blog post , one writer goes so far as to say that readers bought copies of his first book after reading only his bio.
Having a great author bio is an essential part of your overall author brand. Here's how to write a great one that will make people remember you.
If you’ve never been published before, you might think you have nothing to include in an author bio.. It’s always better to have an author bio with no experience than it is to have no bio at all.. Bonus tip: If you are asked to provide an author bio after the acceptance of your first publication, then end your bio with a short sentence that clearly indicates this is your first publication.. Very few publications use an author bio as a factor when selecting the works they are going to publish, and the ones that do should generally be avoided because they don’t care about the quality of the work so much as they do about the credentials of the writer.. For example, if the reader also happens to be a publisher, they may use your author bio to find you online and solicit more of your work.. If you want to have your work published, you need to have an author bio.
Your book's author bio tells potential readers who you are, and why they should trust you (and buy your book). Find out how to write your author bio on Scribe.
The point is to give you an idea of how many different authors did them, so you can find your own author bio writing style:. Contrast this to Michael Lewis, who is a very well known author, but still leaves quite a bit out of his bio that would help many readers understand who he is and why they should care (even Michael Lewis is not famous enough to assume people know him).. Many authors have different bios on different books (because they leave the bio writing to their publisher, which is a huge mistake).. Amanda Ripley is a literary journalist whose stories on human behavior and public policy have appeared in Time, The Atlantic, and Slate and helped Time win two National Magazine Awards.. Contrast that to this good bio, where she comes off as much more of an authority—mainly because her other books are mentioned, as were her awards.. Dr. Perlmutter is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, the University of Arizona, Scripps Institute, and Harvard University.. He is the author of: The Better Brain Book and the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain.. Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated radio and television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, Dr. Oz, and The CBS Early Show.. In 2002 Dr. Perlmutter was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders and in addition was awarded the Denham Harmon Award for his pioneering work in the application of free radical science to clinical medicine.. Tim does lean aggressively into the idea of listing all the cool things he’s done and noteworthy outlets that have talked about him, but still makes his bio interesting and relevant to the reader of his books:. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN.. Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH.. WILD won a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Indie Choice Award, an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award among others.. Strayed’s writing has appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, The Rumpus–where she wrote the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column–and elsewhere.
Looking for great short bio examples? This article has 12 compelling and effective author biographies that can be used as templates.
In this article you’ll find 12 short author bio examples for your nonfiction book and you’ll also learn the 6 steps that are instrumental in creating a bio that’s compelling and that enhances the marketing message on your book cover.. Short Author Bio: J.D.. Analysis: In this bio the author chose not to follow Steps 4 or 6 – in fact, this is not uncommon in this category of nonfiction.. Marie has been featured on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Vogue Magazine, the Ellen Show, the Rachael Ray Show and many more.. If you enjoyed this article and are in the process of publishing a nonfiction book, make sure to check out my free nonfiction success guide, drawn from years of experience editing books for bestselling authors (including a New York Times bestseller) and ghostwriting for CEOs and politicians.
Here's our expert step-by-step guide to writing a memorable author bio, so you can write a compelling, concise passage that will help you sell your books.
As a result, it’s vital that you know how to write one, especially if you don’t have a whole lot of experience yet.. That’s where your author bio comes in.. Readers will look at your book cover, reviews, price, and length as well as your author bio - but the more of these you can make compelling and convincing, the more likely it is that readers will choose your book.. Relevant personal background information.. Writing too much.. If you’ve shared your work with other people before, you’ll know that not everyone will come back with invaluable professional feedback.. As long as you include all the relevant information, establish yourself as a credible author, and maintain a professional, friendly tone, you’re sure to be on the right track.
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If you run your brand’s blog, you may be wondering if incorporating an author bio or byline makes sense.. Our clients will come to us asking if an author bio is a good fit and our answer is: it depends.. When we’ve designed author bios for our clients, we look at three core options:. Again, since author bios don’t directly influence rankings, no need to stress over if including a staff photo will make or break your chances.. Whichever option you choose, make sure your author bio clicks through to a full page of their contributions.. This is a simple solution if you want an author bio, but you don’t currently have the staff resources to assign posts to a particular person.. We’ve talked to many clients who spent time debating author bios, trying to get leadership buy in and, ultimately, deciding it wasn’t the right fit at that time.. If you’ve picked the “full bio” option, the next step will be writing your actual bio.. G2 has all their company headshots on a bright red background, which does double duty as a way to uniformly brand everyone at the company and draw attention to the author bio.. If you opt for a full bio with lots of text and information, Fundera does a good job at including a small byline at the top and full information at the bottom so as to not busy up the top of the post.. Hopefully this puts the author bios debate to bed as well as provides you with some options that can fit your team and content goals.. With an author bio set up, time for the hard part—actually developing your content .
It’s every aspiring writer’s conundrum: you can’t write for magazines because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet. Fear not; I have good news! Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think.… Read More »How Do You Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published?
Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think.. Not having writing experience (published clips or a portfolio to show editors) isn’t just a problem for writers; it’s the same problem many job hunters experience when they’re looking for work (and you – as a freelance writer or blogger – are looking for work .. So what’s a writer to do?. Because if you truly want to become a freelance writer or published author, you need to start somewhere .. Starting and regularly writing for your own blog is a great way to get around the “how do I write an author bio when I’ve never been published?” conundrum.. How does he write an author bio if he’s never been published in magazines or even on a blog, much less in a book?”. I just came back from the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference; in the workshop on writing nonfiction book proposals I learned several tips on how to write an author biography.. The workshop was for aspiring writers who want to write books and become published authors.. This is how I wrote my own author bio before my books and articles were published.. So your first job is to learn who will be reading your query letter, nonfiction book proposal, or blog post idea.. So, instead of fretting about writing a bio when you’ve never been published, focus instead on writing good articles that an online editor or blog owner can’t refuse.. I don’t have an author bio and I’ve never been published but I know what your readers like to read since I’m one.. If you’re pitching article ideas, you don’t have an author bio and you’ve never been published – even if you’re hoping to write a free guest blog post – send a fully written article.. Freelance writing – and even getting one book published – is a job .
Learn how to write an author bio in 8 simple steps to catch your readers' interest and grow your following.
More eyes will read that bio than will read your actual writing, and many of those eyes will skip your writing if your bio is lackluster.. Thing is, friends, writing a good book requires excellent skills as a literary writer.. Writing a good bio requires excellent skills as a promotional writer.. Who are you writing for?. The best way I’ve encountered to choose your tone is to read the top 10 or 20 bios from other authors who write what you write.. They won’t be identical, but you’ll find common threads of word choice, credential selection, levels of formality, and even sentence length.. In journalism, the start of an article is called the lede —it’s the catchy hook that explains exactly what you’re going to find out from reading further.. Now, add 2–4 sentences about whyyou are personally the best person to write what you write .. Make each sentence sharp and punchy, preferably accomplishing two or more things with each word you choose.. Your final line is either the last sentence of the second paragraph, or a single sentence all by itself at the end.. Again, look at the bios of the writers you want to be when you grow up.. Don’t just say “reach me at;” make the invitation sincere and evoke a desire to geek out with the reader about the topic you’re writing on.. Here’s an example of a back cover author bio from one of our top-selling books, Unlimited Memory :
Discover the 7 components of an optimized bio with 7 high-converting author byline examples to show you exactly what to aim for.
Discover the 7 components of an optimized bio with 7 high-converting author byline examples to show you exactly what to aim for.. One incredibly easy yet often overlooked way to increase the value of your content is to optimize your author bio.. Today, I’m going to highlight the 7 components of an optimized bio, with 7 high-converting bio and byline examples to show you exactly what to aim for.. A byline is a short paragraph that tells readers a little bit about the author and how to contact the author or read additional content by the author.. In most online content, the author bio can be seen at the end of the article.. An author bio is sometimes confused with an author byline which is technically not the same thing.. The following 7 components will help turn your author bios into legitimate lead generators for your business.. When a reader clicks his bio and lands on the landing page, she smoothly continues her conversion journey.. Lilanna Patch author bio and byline example from Copyhackers.. It can be really challenging to rank service pages over blog posts, but including a back link to my main service page in every byline is one of the biggest reasons it’s ranking front page for 40+ key phrases.”
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For most readers, they will learn about you from the author bio that’s on your book, your Amazon page, and most marketing materials.. Why Your Author Bio Is So Important The “Author Bio” section will impact sales, reputation and often determine what media you get.. If you can establish yourself as an authority on your book topic, readers will be much more inclined to buy your book, read it, and regard you the way you want them to.. Furthermore, if you want your book to help create a business for you, or establish your credibility or authority in a subject, often the author bio is more important than what’s actually in the book—the sad but true reality is that more people will read your author bio than your actual book.. How to Write Your Author Bio Writing about yourself as an author is typically a task that most writers shy away from, but writing an effective author bio doesn’t have to be so painful.. Demonstrate your authority and credibility on the subject of your book (but don’t overstate it) Include things that build credibility or are interesting (without going overboard) Mention your website and any books you have previously written (but don’t oversell them) Drop some relevant names, if they are appropriate (without being crass about it) Keep short and interesting (without leaving anything important out). Demonstrate your authority and credentials on your book subject Whatever your book is about, it’s important that you establish your credentials in that area.. If there is no clear way to signal direct authority or credentials—for example, a novel or a book about your life stories—then don’t make up things or try to “invent” authority.. Include things that build credibility or are interesting to the reader In your author bio you’ll want to include some things you’ve accomplished in your life, especially if you don’t have direct credentials and authority in the book subject matter.
Here are some useful tips on how to write a catchy author bio, whether it’s for a project pitch, the back cover of a published book, or your personal blog.
Writing a good author bio can seem like a daunting—if not tedious—task.. One thing most people agree on, however, is that a good author bio should be short enough to avoid boring readers and detailed enough to entice your audience.. It may be just a few sentences long, but your bio is an important factor in marketing your personal brand .. Additionally, a good author bio appeals to your current audience, keeping them interested in the things you create.. You may need to write different author bios for different situations.. Authors customarily write their bios in third person.. You can get away with first person if it’s an important part of your author brand or if you’re writing for a personal blog.. (Even so, many author websites use third person.). But there’s another reason to update your author bio: when you’re writing for a different audience.. Readers generally don’t care if this is your first work.. Information relevant to your book will help you establish credibility.. It shows them that there is a person behind the words they’ve read.. Because of this, a quality author bio can make readers more interested in connecting with you.. One way to include CTAs is to list your social media platform handles, your email, or a link to your website.. However, marketing your book can be anything but lonely.
Your writing has just been accepted for publication. Now you have to tell people who you are. Use these killer tips for how to write a bio.
Writing your biography can seem almost as challenging as writing the piece you submitted.. Write your name Share your accomplishments Use third person Say something personal Be funny Link to your writing Follow the rules. A good place to find examples of other writers' biographies is right here on The Write Practice.. The Write Practice also includes bio examples with all articles, so click on the byline on any post or scroll to the bottom to read the author's bio.. But you do not need a bio from the About page of The Write Practice.. Let me share with you seven tips on how to write a bio and some bio templates to get you started.. Write in the third person, even if you are the one writing it.. There's not room to tell your life story or share too many personal details, but including a personal detail or two shows readers you are a real person beyond the written page.. Here is Stephen King's biography from the back of his book On Writing .. Include a link in your bio so readers can find you and follow your writing.. Please read other readers' biographies and help them write a clear biography.
Learn how to make the most out of your author bio by experimenting with these tips.
How do you make your author bio compelling, powerful, and effective -- without a whole lot of space?. Source: Forbes However, the general practice is to write your bio in the third person.. Source: Search Engine Journal Notice how Southern's bio focuses on both himself and the reader.. Source: Forbes When Forbes contributor Ian Morris wrote the above article on a mobile device, he used his one-line bio to explain why he's qualified to write on that subject.. Source: Harvard Business Review You've probably come across the occasional author bio that features a personal tidbit thrown in, like "cat lover" or "coffee addict.". Still, keep it to a minimum -- readers are only marginally interested in your personal life, so your bio isn't the place to divulge a lot of those details.. Use your bio to communicate that bio, and what you can do for your readers.. Writing a super long bio might make you seem less than humble -- if all the other authors on the site have three lines and you have thirty, it only emphasizes your sense of self-importance, even if that's not what you intended.. A great way to control the length of your bio is by using a dedicated author box that limits the space of your bio.. Even if you're William Shakespeare, you don't want to write an author bio that fills up the entire back cover.. For example, when Heather Hummel's work is syndicated by Huffington Post , her author bio contains a CTA to check out her books, creating a source of possible sales:. Source: Huffington Post Of course, some outlets might not have the bandwidth or allow such a full-scale dedication to this kind of CTA within an author bio.. The best way to create a meaningful bio is to write it with care and intention.
Get awkward when asked to write about yourself? I know how daunting it can get! Read this article to learn how to write a bio in four simple steps.
“There’s a right way to write a bio, and I’m doing it wrong.” “I want my profile to appeal to everyone.” “My bio is never going to be as good as others.”. Today you’ll see fun bio examples, and learn how to write a short bio that accurately describes your personal brand.. Therefore, you are free to make your bio funny, personal, formal, conversational, and the like depending on the platform you’re writing it for.. For example, the majority of my guest post author bios begin with “I am a B2B copywriter and marketing consultant ,” or “Asavari Sharma is a marketer and writer.” No matter who I work for, I will always stick to the writing and marketing space.. So, now that you know what to include in your author bio, here are some quick things you should and shouldn’t do, no matter where your bio is going to get posted:. So, now that you know what to include in your author bio, here are some quick things you should and shouldn’t do, no matter where your bio is going to get posted:. His bio gives an overview of what he does in general and what currently keeps him busy (he gives a link to pre-order the book in the bio).. The author bios of the team members don’t follow any conventional rules of bio writing, but they stick to what WBW stands for, i.e., humor and satire.
Expert copywriter Bryan Cohen lists five top tips for writing the best author bio to help indie authors sell their self-published books
In our occasional series about the special art of writing marketing copy for authors, American author and professional copywriter Bryan Cohen shares five ways to optimise your author bio, as part of your sales pitch for your self-published books.. More often than not, a reader comes to your bio after buying one of your other books.. Since you can't control Amazon's carousel of books that sit beside your stunningly attractive author picture, you need to list the books you're most interested in selling.. Listing a few of your key books in your bio on Amazon and on your personal author website can encourage new fans of yours to buy the rest of your backlist.. BookBub recently came out with a study that found book descriptions listing awards, quotes from other authors, and the number of five-star reviews tend to sell better than those without.. They fail to use their descriptions, their emails to readers, and their bios to mention the best qualities of their books and themselves.
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How to write the best author bio for your book’s query letter to promote your book and impress literary agents in the publishing industry.
At Writer’s Relief, we know it takes skill and publishing industry savvy to create an author bio that will impress publishing professionals (like literary agents, editors, and booksellers) and convince readers to buy your book.. The query and cover letter writing experts here at Writer’s Relief have the answers to some of the most common FAQs about writing an author biography for a query letter—plus the tips you need to turn your standard author bio into a fan-building machine for use in your book marketing materials.. A: While it’s perfectly okay to query literary agents as an unpublished writer, there are some pretty huge advantages to building your author bio prior to sending out your query letters.. Employment history (and how it ties into writing if possible) Current professional situation Educational background Affiliations with any writing groups Writing conferences, seminars, or classes you’ve attended Social media platforms (including number of friends and followers) Your author website URL Personal hobbies and interests Any truly unique challenges you faced in your journey to become a writer. But in a query letter, it’s best to write your author bio in first person: I am the author of three books…. But just because you don’t have any publishing credits doesn’t mean you can’t write an impressive author bio !. Membership in writing groups or associations Attendance at local regional writing conferences Private mentorship with a famous writer Volunteering with local writing organizations or other literary groups Classes and workshops you’ve taken (or other formal studies) Educational background that relates to writing Creative writing tie-ins related to your day job. Q: Which Publishing And Writing Awards, Credits, or Accolades Should I NOT Include In My Author Bio?
For any writer wondering the right way to talk about themselves, here are 13 About the Author examples you'll want to skip to the end of the book to read.
We’ve all heard the cliché that writers have big egos — so it makes sense that there’s a section in every book where you’re required to talk about the author (meaning yourself).. In this post, we'll be looking at 13 About the Author examples to further illustrate what works (and what doesn't).. “ Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first book in a trilogy that she began writing while still a college student.. This is the ideal approach for emerging genre authors who have plenty of exciting material, but might not be able to carry a bio off the strength of their work alone.. (source: Harper Perennial) Why it works: For authors better known by aliases than real names, this section can be instrumental in lifting the curtain to discover the person behind the account.. Why it works: On the flip side, you have this About the Author example from Min Jin Lee.. While we surely haven’t all written for Vogue and the New York Times , a list of published works (no matter how small) can give a sense of your well-roundedness as a writer.. (source: Haymarket Books)" Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of sixteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory.. Why it works: This is an excellent About the Author example, fitting all four elements of a great one — start with a byline, state the theme of your work, mention your credentials, and include a personal touch — into two breezy sentences that can fit on a dust jacket.. “ Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism, a Holtzbrinck Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre, and a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for significant contributions to the field of contemporary music.. Why it works: Most nonfiction authors will not have sixteen books under their belt.. “ Michael Lewis, the author of Boomerang, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game and The Big Short, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their three children.. Why it works: Even in nonfiction, where the author’s qualifications hold more weight, the simple approach works.. Why it works: Once again, humor always works for new authors who might not have the extensive qualifications, but have enough natural talent to carry their writing.
Author bios are one way for the reader to get to know you, the author of their favorite story, article, or book, a little bit more intimately.
Author bios are one way for the reader to get to know you, the author, more intimately.. Here are three tips for writing a strong author bio.. Include a few relevant publishing credits and educational and work experiences .. So if you’re writing a book on the state of health care in the US, including the title of your first photography book probably isn’t relevant.. Important words to live by: When in doubt, leave it out.. Remember to keep it relevant and brief.. Make sure every detail in your bio is relevant to the project you have written/are pitching, and keep your writing concise.. While you may experience anxiety over writing it, it is important to feel comfortable with your author bio.. The request from a publisher, agent, or editor for an author’s bio often leaves many writers perturbed because they may not feel like an author yet.. Every word of the author’s bio is just as important as those well-honed pages in the original manuscript that led to the request.. You want to sound professional and appealing so that when people pick up the book, they’ll want to read your story.. It’s important to keep it current with any new awards, books, or credentials that will continue to help you sell yourself.. It’s important to note that what may have seemed important to you the first time you wrote your bio might no longer be relevant a year later.
If you are going to write an author bio, you should know what you are doing. Here are 5 Great tips for writing an author bio.
First impressions count, even online. Learn how to write a bio for your freelance business or employer's about page to help you to make a good impression online.
That’s why your professional bio is one of the most crucial marketing materials you’ll ever write.. (Image Source: Envato Elements )Whether it’s on Twitter, LinkedIn, your online portfolio or employer’s website, your professional bio is the first thing people will read to understand who you are and what you do.. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to write a bio for a freelance business website, portfolio, or an employer's website.. I'll share some helpful professional bio templates and bio examples that'll make the process even easier.. In general, however, a ‘micro bio’ is usually two to three short sentences, similar to those in Twitter and website bylines, while a short bio may have about 100 words or three to five short paragraphs.. Short professional bios are hard to write because of their importance and word-count limitations.. Before starting a writing business, Kate spent six years as a Bank Teller and Virtual Assistant for financial companies in the U.S. and U.K. After a successful career helping small banks and real estate agencies, Katie now helps them write marketing copy for their products and services.. Write one bio per target audience.. Some professional bios replace job titles with value proposition statements, which explain the problems you solve for your target market and why people should choose you over your competitors.. Author bio of Michael Siemsen Even with the guidelines and templates above, writing a professional bio can be quite an undertaking.. Use the writing tips below to write an authentic yet confident-sounding bio that you can be proud of.
Some tips on writing a good author biography when submitting short stories.
When writers send us their short stories, one part of the submission form that often seems to present problems is the field asking for a brief author bio.. Bad: I have been published in Tin House , Spatula Fun Magazine , Short Short Shorts , Photocopied Ineptitude , Staples Down the Side , Fictional Fiction , My Mate Alf’s Telescopic Love Machine , Hairy Tales for Frightened Youths , Flower Picker , Flower Picker II: More Stories we Received , Friends’ Tales , Spurious Journal , Postscripts , The Online Degree-Granting Unaccredited University Journal , Printouts in My Study , If Stories Were Horses , and Hippies with Inkjets .. Although it’s good to have a couple of basic bios ready to go, on individual submissions take a few moments to make sure that they’re relevant to the publication you’re submitting to and the story you’re sending.. Ultimately, the author bio may be a small part of the submissions process, and I’ve certainly turned down work from authors with great bios, and accepted stories from authors with lousy ones.. But if you get good at writing your bio, and tailoring it to each submission, it’s going to be one more thing in your favour, and might just help to put the editor in the right frame of mind when they turn to the story itself.