Writing a bio worth talking about
By: Sara Matz | A four-minute read.It’s easy to talk about your accomplishments and interests, but writing a bio for your book that sells you appropriately is a craft. Your bio should be a bold statement about your credibility and accomplishments that led you to become a published author. The trick is to do it without coming across and disingenuous or pretentious. As an up-and-coming author, your bio holds more weight than an already established author. You need to come off as equally as knowledgeable as you are memorable for your new readers, as some are not lucky enough to know you personally, and it really does add a pop of excitement to connect with an author before opening a book for the first time. We all know you DO judge a book by its cover, and most first-time authors prefer to put their bio on the back cover, so a good bio is one of the front-facing judgments a reading will have. The tone in which you write your bio holds a lot of weight in connecting with your reader, so the way you word your bio should depend on your who the target market is. Are you talking to young adults, or business associates? The voice you have inside your book should reflect on the way you present yourself, and if you write in multiple genres your bios should be tweaked, or even rewritten depending how different your interests can be. Unless your poetry is heavily influenced by your career in accounting, of course. One thing that does not change with the tone of your bio is the perspective it should be written in, speaking in 3rd person feels awkward and clunky, but it does read better. Now to the fun part, what content should you have in your bio?! Let’s start with the basics. Who are you, and what in your life has got you to this point? Many authors take the first paragraph to go over the city you’re from, education and achievements, and sometimes boast about their family. The amount of detail here is influenced by the content of your book, your academic achievements would be better received if your book is nonfiction, or more specifically similar content to your degrees. If your book aligns with your career path your bio should be more focused on accomplishments in your field, and a tad about your education.