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Pro-Tip: How to Write a Bio

September 11, 2013

I get sent a lot of author bios. 🙂 Some are short and sweet, some are a page long. Very rarely do I see a bio that is 100% spot on for what I–as a reader–would like to see.

Bios, in my opinion, should not exceed 15 sentences. That means three paragraphs of five sentences each. And I don’t mean 82-word sentences, either. I like to cap bios at 300 words, but even that tends to be excessive. There is very little information actually needed in a bio. Keeping it tight, concise, and to the point is key. My current bio is wordy and in need of an overhaul, which I plan to do soon.

What should be in your bio?

Your name (pen name, real name, whatever). Where you were born and/or where you currently live. A little background on your writing expertise/history. Any awards you were nominated for or won. Your recent publication history. A line or two about your personal life (if you like). Where you can be found (website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Your email contact.

You don’t need much. A reader isn’t interested in your life history, just the professional history so they can stalk you on social media and find your backlist. 😉 Keeping it short, current, and relevant are all that’s needed.

Now, I need to go rewrite my bio! 😀

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  1. September 11, 2013 9:45 am

    Reblogged this on Leta Blake.

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