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    Post 02 Avoiding Brand X: Creating a Bio

    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.

    1. Your author name. Some write under their given names. Use the name you want readers to know.
    2. What you write genre wise.
    3. 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."
    4. 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.
    5. 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.


    60 words
    Kayelle Allen's motto is "romance lives forever." She enjoys hiking, movies, reading, and SciFi conventions. A multipublished, award winning author with character-driven, plot-heavy SciFi Romances, her worldbuilding skills include alien languages and 10k years of future history. Kayelle is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, unforgettable passion. You can find her on the web at her 130 page website http://kayelleallen.com

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    Kayelle Allen is a multipublished, award winning romance author whose worldbuilding skills include ten-thousand years of future history, a feline language, and tradestandard laws for the empire where her books take place. Her writing lures you inside each hero's head and seduces you with what he feels and thinks. She thrusts you into the hero's heart and mind, teases and satisfies you with his sexuality and sensual joys, and drags you onto the roller coaster with him when it plunges into the darkness of things-gone-wrong. When you and the hero get off the ride at the end, it's Kayelle's hope you'll be back in line when the next ride starts.

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    FIRST PERSON VERSIONS

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    I'm a multipublished, award-winning Science Fiction Romance author, with titles in both eBook and print. My worldbuilding skills include ten-thousand years of future history, an alien language, and laws for the universe where my character-driven, plot-heavy books take place. I write about unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion, including both gay and straight heroes/heroines. I teach marketing and promotion concepts to other authors, and believe that helping others helps me. I'm married, enjoy hiking, movies, reading, and attending Science Fiction conventions. I've been a panelist at DragonCon, guest speaker at Outlantacon, and will be a guest at both Outlantacon and Gaylaxicon in 2011.

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    My motto is Romance Lives Forever. I am a multipublished, award winning author with character-driven, plot-heavy SciFi Romances. My worldbuilding includes alien languages and 10k years of future history. My books are known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, unforgettable passion. I enjoy hiking, movies, reading, and SciFi conventions. I am married to my own personal hero, and we live in north Georgia with two banshee-shrieking parakeets, a territorial dove, and a neurotic cockatiel.

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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!
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    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.
    J Q Rose
    Coda to Murder, mystery/sweet romance
    Available at all major online booksellers
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Q Rose View Post
    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.

    btw, what do you go by? Do people refer to you as JQ?
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    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!)
    J Q Rose
    Coda to Murder, mystery/sweet romance
    Available at all major online booksellers
    http://www.jqrose.com
    http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by J Q Rose View Post
    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?

    <--- 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
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Doreen View Post
    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!
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    Than-you,Kayelle. The Tweak makes a lot of sense.
    Dory
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    Yes, JQ is fine to use. I thought the feline overlord perched on Doreen's desk was cute, catchy, and memorable.
    J Q Rose
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    Thank-you JQ. Stanley and I appreciate the comment.
    Dory
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