We've been discussing how to get prepared for a writers conference
and today I want to talk about your personal bio.
Every writer and speaker needs a bio, whether or not you're attending a conference.
Actually, you need three.
- A small one, 25-50 words
- A medium length one, approximately two paragraphs
- A full page one, in depth
Many times this written bio is the first introduction someone in this business (think editor or event coordinator) or a consumer (reader or attendee) will have of you. This, with your message, can mean the difference between making the sale or not.
Your bio should reflect, through words, exactly who you are. It should boil down the essence of your personality. It should always be written in third person, as if you were talking about someone else.
A bio must be
It must give you
Below are some (not all) of the instances where a bio will be necessary.
· Cover letter (to an editor, agent or event coordinator)
· Book Proposal
· Query Letter
· Your website
· Inside your book or on the jacket
· Publicity for a personal appearance
· In a publication (web or print) after an article
It’s important that you have control over your bio. Which means planning now. It will, in effect, be a part of your personal brand. It gives you credibility, whether you are speaking or writing. As such it should contain only things pertaining to your credibility and identity. For example, if you’re not speaking on sales, it isn’t important to mention your job 15 years ago as an outside sales person. Think relevant when you’re composing your bio.
So now it's your turn - do you have a bio? What are some tips and questions you have to writing one?
Don't forget to join the conversation!