An author needs to have a great bio. Why? Because people read it. Fans like to read about the author and find a connection with them. It is a way to get personal and interest them in your works.
Good bios keep readers wanting more. I have been the reader who loved one book and was won completely over when I read their bios. That means it is important. That means you have to focus on writing a bio that grabs the reader.
What Makes it Great
A great bio is one that has a reader saying, “That’s interesting.” It isn’t boring and has them rolling their eyes or sighing. The great ones I have read supported what I had liked in their work. When I finish a book that I enjoyed and am unfamiliar with the author, I rush to read up on the author. Readers do read the bios.
Be creative when you write a bio. You are a writer after all. Make it exciting. Make it funny. Make me want more of your writing.
There are a few things you need to have in your bio. First you need to give a general idea of where you live. I don’t mean actual address. You don’t even have to give the city if you don’t want. Give a country, state, and/or region.
State your writing experience from years writing, number of books published, and where you have written. List any and all awards you have won. If you haven’t won any contests, enter them. Get your work out there and see if you can gain recognition.
What is interesting in your life that you would be willing to share with readers? Maybe you have a hobby like painting or sky-diving. Share your unique pet. You might feel boring. I know I feel that way, but when I start talking to someone about me I discover things that I hadn’t thought of. They would be great to add to my bio.
After you have your bare essentials in your author bio, think of what else you can write that can grab the attention of readers. It could be something cool you have done for a living, someone famous you worked for, or some unusual inspiration you have had. Make me stop and look closer at you and your work.
Don’t lie about anything in your bio. Don’t exaggerate. Just share interesting facts. Be truthful but in an engaging way.