Quick, look at your back cover. If there’s a big blank space there, you probably need to write your author biography. This is not the time to be shy; your author biography, while only a few sentences long, can have a huge impact on the success of your book and you as an author.
Consider your audience; what do your readers want to know? Keep your information relevant to the book’s subject and your audience. If you’re writing children’s books, leave out the fact that you started your own tax firm at age 19, and vice versa; if your books are about preparing your own small-business taxes, don’t mention that your two Shih-tzus are named Jingles and Meriwether.
Elements to include:
- Education. Where did you get your advanced degree(s)? If you don’t have a lot of other career or writing experience, name-dropping your university helps show qualification.
- Experience with the subject. Tell us how you became an expert, or how you’ve recently used your expertise.
- Previous publications/writing experience. Were you published in the New York Times? Fantastic! If this is your first book, you might mention it briefly, but only if you have room after all of your more important information. Otherwise, you can simply state what you are in vague terms: novelist, writer, poet, etc.
- Other ways to find you. Do you blog? Have a podcast? Write regular articles for a popular site? Include other ways for readers to find your work or contact you directly, if you wish.
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