When you send your proposal to a publisher, you’re not just selling a book, you’re selling an Author (and, that’d be yourself). What can you do that, besides writing a masterpiece and a good proposal, would almost confirm your success? Write an Author Bio that would instantly establish your prowess in the publisher’s eyes.
In fact, it should be a common practice to write down your Bio beforehand and update it as you go. Whenever you’re sending off your Proposal make some minor but essential edits pertaining to the project.
The question at hand is ‘How to write the perfect Author Bio.’
Choosing a Point of view for the Author Bio
It is recommended that you write entire Bio in Third-person. It makes it easier to elaborate all your skills and accomplishments without sounding informal or imperious. First person point of view might even discomfort your readers.
The perfect Opening
You must begin making an impression as soon as the publisher/reader reads you first line. I do not need to tell you that how important is the first impression, there is a very famous saying—first impression is the last impression. With your first sentence you can either open a path to a wonderful career or just ruin it before it even began.
The sentence should start with your name along with a few relevant professional titles. For example, “Kishor Kr is a freelancer, blogger and author of many e-books.”
However, if you begin you introduction as, “Hello, I am Mary Sue, mother of two, wife of one from New Jersey. I love to blog, freelance, and I have authored many e-books. I also love to surf and play games on Facebook,” it is going to look informal and unprofessional.
Keep your introduction precise, brief but inclusive of the professional titles that are directly related to the work. Do not include your personal, informal details (at least not in the introductory paragraph).
Awards you’ve received
To mark a good impression credible awards play a major role, thus go ahead and list any accomplishment that you think is relevant. However, you must keep in mind that unnecessarily bragging about things that do not add anything of value to your profile should be kept out. For example, if your book is about Food and Recipes listing an award that you received for cooking is appropriate, but not the one that you received for home décor or gardening skills.
You must add the qualifications that are related to writing, language or the expertise of your work. You may skip the ones that aren’t related. If you’ve a Medical degree and you write Romance Novels, you may certainly skip that particular credential, however if you’re writing a Health related book, you’re fine bragging about it.
Mention any other accomplishment, related to general writing or expertise of your work, in your bio. For example, if you’ve published an article in a local newspaper, mention it.
When you’re working in a progressive profession like writing, you, your experience, your accomplishment and skills changes drastically even within a short period of time. Thus, make it a practice to add necessary details whenever you must.
Read other Author’s bio
You may either search online or read through your personal book shelf. Learn from the Authors who have been there and done it successfully.
Writing groups and organizations
Being part of a renowned writing group or organization can also add certain credibility in your Bio. Mention them. And, if you aren’t part of them, join at least one of them today. You may search internet for such groups.
Some of the credible organizations are Writers Guild of America, Writers Center, National Writers Union, Society of Children’s Book Writers And Illustrators
Previously published books
Do not forget to mention all the books that you’ve published in the past.
In the end I’d like you conclude this article with the final tip. Read your Bio aloud before you submit it to a publisher. Make sure that it seems fine, without errors. Have someone else proofread too; sometimes we might not notice a common mistake.
Also, you may want to prepare more than one Author Bio for yourself depending on the guidelines related to various platforms. For example, you may require an exhaustive Bio for a blog or proposal, while a medium length bio for profiles on websites you are writing for, or a very brief Bio for social networking platforms.