HOW TO WRITE AN AUTHOR BIO between 100 and 200 Words (January 2016)
by Veronika Guttenberger
- The Title is [your name].
- Write in 3rd person to distance yourself. Embrace all the facets of your personality. Think like a marketing person — and write it like an author.
- Your bio should be written in the style and tone of the book: a light and humorous story should lean towards a light and humorous bio. When the tone of the bio matches the tone of the book, it informs the reader of the type of work they will be reading.
- Make yourself sound professional and interesting
- Connect with the reader. Be humble but stand apart. There is a fine line between self-aggrandizement and humility.
THE PROFESSIONAL STUFF
- Start with your Greatest Writing Achievement:
- small press publications
- Little Literary Magazine publications
- contest prizes
- published local newspaper articles
- published books, even if they are nonfiction
- Next, Your Education:
- Have you attended writing workshops and writers’ conferences
- Your formal education (i.e., earned degrees, universities attended, etc.).
- Pair your Professional Stuff with your Interesting Stuff:
- Is there something UNUSUAL about you? (Do you collect paperclips?)
- What makes you UNIQUE? (Were you born on the Moon?)
- Do you have any QUIRKS? (Are you a ventriloquist?)
- Get online with social media. Where can your readers find you? Include this:
- Start a blog
- Get a Twitter handle
- Get a Facebook thing
- Get a website. Your website should contain your author bio.
- Create an email address specifically for fan email.
- There’s also LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+
The more accomplished the author, the shorter the bio. For example, Stephen King uses 25 words; an unknown writer uses more like 125 words.