Writing your own Bio can be bad news, especially if you hate talking about yourself like I do. Recently, I had to submit both a long and short bio to a publisher. Usually, when submitting articles or short work, I just spin off a quick bio and call it good. But as I get serious about publishing and putting myself out into the world, I decided I needed to write a proper bio. Several hours of research later, I gathered the needed information and set to work.
Here are some of the guidelines and tips I accumulated.
- Always write in third person.
- Opening sentence should say who you are, what you do and where you’re from.
- Next, include writing education, degrees, courses, etc.
- List your experience, ezines, publications, blogs, etc.
- If you have a writing niche, list it here. What do you love to write about? How are you qualified to write it?
- List any writing groups you’re a member of.
- List any writing organizations you’re a member of.
- In your conclusion, list current projects.
These guidelines may make it sound like your bio has to be long and windy. It doesn’t. Just list the facts. It should be a short paragraph, not a novel. Some publishers or venues will ask for a longer bio and that’s when you go into the details, but for regular bios, keep it sweet and simple.
Notes and Tips:
- Keep your Bio on file and update regularly
- Be simple and honest, but highlight yourself and show your personality
Here’s a sample of a short bio –
Jane Smith is a freelance writer from Salem, Oregon. Jane has completed several courses on creative writing, including a program on creative nonfiction. As a lifelong lover of crafts and textiles, she has published many articles on crafting and fabric arts in the Pacific Northwest as well as on her blog: JaneSews.com. Jane is a member of the Oregon Writing Association as well as the National Writer’s Guild. She is currently working on a pattern book for quilters due out from Northwest Press in January 2014.