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kayelle_allen
May 4th, 2011, 12:46 AM
If you haven't been asked for one of these yet, you will be. When I have a guest blogger I ask for a short bio, links to sites, jpgs of covers, and an excerpt as well as the interview I send. If you're featured anywhere, you'll need one. It's also handy on your website or blog.

Try to create several, with different lengths and different POVs. Aim for at least one under 30 words, one from 120 to 150 words, and one between 50-100. This way, when you get a request for a 25 word-or-less bio, it's easy to do a bit of paring and tightening. If you need half a page, you can add a bit of detail to a longer one.

What do you say in a bio?
I'm a list maker, so here are my 1-2-3 bullets.


Your author name. Some write under their given names. Use the name you want readers to know.
What you write genre wise.
Your interests and unusual things about you. Do you have 17 cats? Volunteer at an animal shelter? Never miss an episode of the Event? Make quilts for charity? Go with your biking club on trail rides on weekends? Eating sushi, and role-playing in World of Warcraft. "I just made level forty, and I'm on to Blackrock Depths."
Family info only if you're okay with that. Make it a bit humorous if you like: Candy is married and has two children, and lives in San Francisco with more cats than she can count. [OR] Danielle is refurbishing a loft and spends her weekends comparing carpet and drape samples, perusing antique shops, and letting her Doberman take her for walks.
One main place where you can be found on the web.

You can have different bios for different events. I'll share a few of mine so you can see the changes.


:rockon: 60 words
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:rockon:[I] 110 words
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FIRST PERSON VERSIONS

:rockon: [I]103 words
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:rockon: [I]73 words

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As you can see, a bio contains the same general information no matter where it's used. Generally, they're changed for tone depending on the event.

Think of a bio as a quick, down and dirty resume for your writing. The facts, with enough of your personality to show your writing style.


HOMEWORK
Work on a 50 word-or-less bio and post it here. That will be our final work for the week. I'll help you polish it on Wed. If you already have a bio, post it and let's see if there is anything we can do to give it extra gloss.

Coming up on Monday, we start the Great Reader Search. Don't miss it!

J Q Rose
May 5th, 2011, 10:01 PM
J Q Rose is an avid reader and photographer. She is addicted to Face Book and enjoys blogging about growing a vegetable garden and writing. Janet and her husband are snow birds spending winters in Florida, however, she prefers the term sunbird because she is flying toward the sunshine. Summer finds her up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her grandsons.

kayelle_allen
May 6th, 2011, 03:05 AM
J Q Rose is an avid reader and photographer. She is addicted to Face Book and enjoys blogging about growing a vegetable garden and writing. Janet and her husband are snow birds spending winters in Florida, however, she prefers the term sunbird because she is flying toward the sunshine. Summer finds her up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her grandsons.

This is a good start! Tiny change - Facebook is one word.

Add a line about what you write. I'd insert it before your note about being an avid reader.

Maybe like this...

J Q Rose is the author of [BookName, an Historical Romance set in Scotland, substitute your name / genre.] She's also an avid reader and photographer. ... continue

A strong start. I'm impressed. :rockon:

btw, what do you go by? Do people refer to you as JQ?

J Q Rose
May 8th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Thank you for the helpful tips on the bio. J is for Janet, but I am JQ usually with my promo for mystery/light horror novella, Sunshine Boulevard. (See I told you I was good at sneaking that little plug in everywhere!)

kayelle_allen
May 9th, 2011, 01:08 PM
Thank you for the helpful tips on the bio. J is for Janet, but I am JQ usually with my promo for mystery/light horror novella, Sunshine Boulevard. (See I told you I was good at sneaking that little plug in everywhere!)

That's exactly the way to do it. So we should say "hi, JQ" when we address you online?

:kittydance: <--- This little guy isn't here for a reason. I just like to watch him dance. I call him Izzorah after my feline hero in Surrender Love. (see? sneaked that right in). LOL

Doreen
May 9th, 2011, 05:57 PM
1. Doreen Jensen has a background in social work, psychology and cats. She has done radio, television and public speaking. She is published in poetry and short story. She is currently supervised in her latest foray into storytelling, The Fairy-Cat Chronicles by her feline overlord, Stanley, from his perch on her desk.
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kayelle_allen
May 10th, 2011, 11:33 AM
1. Doreen Jensen has a background in social work, psychology and cats. She has done radio, television and public speaking. She is published in poetry and short story. She is currently supervised in her latest foray into storytelling, The Fairy-Cat Chronicles by her feline overlord, Stanley, from his perch on her desk.
Dory

This is lovely! The image of the feline overlord with a perch on your desk adds a nice ring of humor. I would change only one word, and that's to use your first name again where it says "she is currently..." That's only to remind the reader of your name and to add balance. Nicely done!

Doreen
May 10th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Than-you,Kayelle. The Tweak makes a lot of sense.
Dory

J Q Rose
May 10th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Yes, JQ is fine to use. I thought the feline overlord perched on Doreen's desk was cute, catchy, and memorable.

Doreen
May 10th, 2011, 09:28 PM
Thank-you JQ. Stanley and I appreciate the comment.
Dory

karensromance
May 11th, 2011, 08:09 PM
K...my 50 word bio:

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mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> I live in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, it’s a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug toting a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is a dream. My real life dream inspiring the romantic suspense novels I write.

Karen Cote
www.karencote.tv
Erotic Deception...October 2011

kayelle_allen
May 12th, 2011, 01:26 AM
K...my 50 word bio:

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mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> I live in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, itís a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug toting a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is a dream. My real life dream inspiring the romantic suspense novels I write.

This is good! It carries a sense of humor and gives us an insight into your writing style. Cheerleader

Only suggestions:
change pug toting to pug which totes
change inspiring to inspires

These changes make your verbs active. You could say pug who totes depending on how you view your mini-stallion. :horse2:

Don't forget to create a 3rd person version as well. They come in handy.

karensromance
May 12th, 2011, 01:36 AM
I live in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, it’s a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is a dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels I write.

Karen lives in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, it’s a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is her dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels she writes.

kayelle_allen
May 12th, 2011, 01:45 AM
I live in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, itís a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is a dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels I write.

Karen lives in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, itís a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is her dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels she writes.


Magnifique! :notworthy: Go forth and use.

karensromance
May 12th, 2011, 01:53 AM
Thank you so much! You are amazing and my bio sounded so much better. Hmmm...:orange:

Patricia Bates
May 13th, 2011, 09:52 PM
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Soon I was writing poetry, short stories and by junior high Iíd written my first full length romance novel. Since then Iíve taken my love of history and my passion for writing and combined them into what I hope will continue to prove a successful career.
With six books contracted, four of which are currently available in print. All are available in electronic format with the last two ebooks due for a release in May and the other in the summer. Iím currently working on three projects, an erotic paranormal romance featuring a witch who loves Christmas, another Ancient Ireland novel, rich (http://patbatesromances.com/?page_id=2##) in the history of the Irish Celtic peoples, and plotting out a Cowboy Series tentatively titled ďThe James GangĒ.
Of course Iíve got a lot more on the go. Iím developing and growing my editing company with some amazing authors, working on polishing my concepts and plans for upcoming

Stacy Juba
May 15th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Catching up late, but this thread inspired me to add an extra opening line to mine to make it sound a little warmer! I use a bio like this when I do guest blogs or for conference panels, so I like to get all the book titles in there, but want it to sound engaging also. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Although Stacy Juba specializes in writing adult mysteries, she has also authored books for children and young adults Ė she pursues whatever story ideas wonít leave her alone. Stacyís titles include the adult mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, the mystery short story Laundry Day, the childrenís picture books The Flag Keeper and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and the upcoming young adult novels Dark Before Dawn, Face-Off and Offsides.

kayelle_allen
May 16th, 2011, 11:37 AM
Catching up late, but this thread inspired me to add an extra opening line to mine to make it sound a little warmer!

Nice Stacy. I like it. It gives the reader a hint without being overwhelmed.

Cher Green
May 17th, 2011, 07:34 AM
Seems I may need to do some work on my bio. It's very general because of my many genre adventures. This morning, I had a new short story accceptance - which they've asked for a bio 100 words or less - third person.


Bio currently using:
Cher Green, intrigued by the written word, has made it a life goal to bring her stories to life and share them with others. After years of learning the craft, she has stepped into the publishing world. Her work has appeared at "Long Story Short," "Untied Shoelaces of the Mind," and "Spinetinglers." For more information about this writer, visit: http://www.chergreen.com (http://www.chergreen.com/)

Look forward to suggestions on this.

Cher Green

kayelle_allen
May 18th, 2011, 01:15 PM
This morning, I had a new short story accceptance - which they've asked for a bio 100 words or less - third person.

Bio currently using:
Cher Green, intrigued by the written word, has made it a life goal to bring her stories to life and share them with others. After years of learning the craft, she has stepped into the publishing world. Her work has appeared at "Long Story Short," "Untied Shoelaces of the Mind," and "Spinetinglers." For more information about this writer, visit: http://www.chergreen.com (http://www.chergreen.com/)

Look forward to suggestions on this.

Cher Green

:rockon:

You have a good bio Cher. To make it stronger, you could try rearranging the words to add some punch. Here's one idea.


Intrigued by the written word, Cher Green made it her life goal to bring stories to life and share them. She spent years honing her craft, and her foray into publishing brought her work to
"Long Story Short," "Untied Shoelaces of the Mind," and "Spinetinglers." Discover more at http://www.chergreen.com (http://www.chergreen.com/)

Word count on original is 60 - revised version 49.

I can't tell if the names in quotes are sites or short stories. If you clarify that, and perhaps give us some personal insight, you should have a complete bio.

For example, add a line about where you live or if you have pets, are vegan, or some unusual fact. "Untied Shoelaces of the Mind" is a brilliant title. Makes you think! Is there a way to work that into the bio?

Cher Green
May 18th, 2011, 06:42 PM
Kayelle,

The quotes are the names of the magazines where my work can be seen.

I had to pull something together a few hours after posting this bio here for a magazine requesting my bio. And I came up with the following. (the limit was 100 words) I think it has a better punch than the original one I posted.

Cher Green, intrigued by the written word, has made it a life goal to bring her stories to life and share them with others. Inspired by such writers as Stephen King, V. Cv. Andrews, and Dean Koontz, she strives to touch the lives of her readers with her stories. After years of learning the craft, she writes in many genres, spanning from horror, suspense, and romance. Her romance novella, Escape to Love, debuted in June of 2011. Cher Green also has a variety of short stories published with various magazines. For more information about this writer visit: http://chergreen.com

kayelle_allen
May 23rd, 2011, 11:19 PM
Kayelle,

The quotes are the names of the magazines where my work can be seen.

I had to pull something together a few hours after posting this bio here for a magazine requesting my bio. And I came up with the following. (the limit was 100 words) I think it has a better punch than the original one I posted.

Cher Green, intrigued by the written word, has made it a life goal to bring her stories to life and share them with others. Inspired by such writers as Stephen King, V. Cv. Andrews, and Dean Koontz, she strives to touch the lives of her readers with her stories. After years of learning the craft, she writes in many genres, spanning from horror, suspense, and romance. Her romance novella, Escape to Love, debuted in June of 2011. Cher Green also has a variety of short stories published with various magazines. For more information about this writer visit: http://chergreen.com


I agree. Much stronger! In a different bio, you could use the names of the magazines and make it clearer by mentioning your work appeared in the magazines x,y,z. They are clever titles, that's certain.

You might consider rewording your first sentence to eliminate one life. I highlighted the two in red to help you see them. "...life goal to bring her stories to life..."

Btw, is that supposed to be V.C. Andrews?

Amazing how requests for a bio can pop out of the woodwork. I needed a new one this week for a convention where I'll be a panelist this fall.

Cher Green
May 24th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Kayelle,

Thanks for the critique. Woops! yes, it's supposed to be V. C. Andrews.

kayelle_allen
May 24th, 2011, 11:24 AM
Kayelle,

Thanks for the critique. Woops! yes, it's supposed to be V. C. Andrews.

Typos are a the bane of an author's existence, and we make some doozies! I once submitted a short bio where I called myself other Kayelle Allen instead of author. Spell check liked it just fine. :duh: