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3 Questions Your Professional Writing Bio Must Answer

You’re writing your cover or query letter, and it’s time to add your bio. But what information do you include and what should you leave out? Whether you’re a professional writer or just starting out, deciding how to describe yourself and your publication credits (or lack thereof) can be a challenge. By answering these three important questions, you can be sure to write a bio that literary agents and editors will find professional and interesting.

Who Are You?

In most cases, you should begin your writer bio with your education and work experience. However, if you have a personal detail that is specifically related to the work you’re submitting—your piece invokes the proper stance for juggling flaming chain saws, and you juggle flaming chain saws as a hobby—you can open with that.
Also, keep in mind that this isn’t a resume. Don’t list all the places you’ve worked—editors and agents aren’t really interested. You can include your hobbies, interests, and volunteer work to give your letter a personal touch (keep it a brief, light touch!), but save this personal information for the close of the paragraph after your publishing credits. Speaking of publication credits…

What Are Your Publishing Credits?

Lead with the best publishing credits (credible publishers and journals, published books you’ve worked on that have gotten recognition, etc.), then list lesser known publications. Only include self-published projects if the work has received significant recognition or had strong sales.

Don’t freak out if you don’t have any publishing credits to your name. Everyone has to start somewhere! And don’t …  continue reading here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/22/writing-bio-_n_4644142.html

One comment

  1. Quentin says:

    Good info. I’m about to publish my first book and this gives me info on how to write a better bio and hopefully get more people to buy my book.

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