While you’re busy creating your platform, make sure you prepare your author’s bio. It’s a short summary paragraph of your writing credentials.
Creating a bio can be a challenge for new, pre-published writers.
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Picture yourself in an arena. The bell rings, the announcer grabs the mike, gestures to your colleague and rattles off her bio:
In this corner, weighing in at 89,750,000 followers, with 327 New York Times’ best sellers, famous writer Sharon Queensbury!
He points to you and says,
And in this corner, the newcomer, who’s written a grocery list and a note to the babysitter.
My first author’s bio read something like, “Jeanie walks upright, and breathes in and out on a regular basis.”
Because I owned zero writing credentials, I gave an abbreviated work history synopsis: “Jeanie’s enjoyed a variety of careers, from computer programming to teaching exotic animal programs. She enjoys visiting with family and friends, and praise dancing. She’s a member of Wordsowers Christian Writers Group.” Not the most professional, but it was all I had.
Here are a few tips to keep you from getting K.O.’d:
- Write it in third person.
- Avoid terms like “new” and “aspiring.” It erases your credibility, and reminds people of their nutty Aunt Jane who tried to write. Don’t get relegated to the crazy relative corner. Come out of yours swinging.
- Draw on your highlights. Pull from life experiences to show expertise.
- Define yourself honestly but with flair. If you’re a school crossing guard writing a childrens book you can say, “Mary Smith draws from her decades of experience working with children.”
- Look at other authors’ bios for ideas. Note: please don’t copy and paste their work. Use it to get the creative juices flowing.
Now on to
Jeanie’s Super-Secret Newbie No-No’s
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Week 6- Clear out Clichés.
Passive: The race was won by Mary.
Active: Mary won the race.
Passive: The vicious guard dog was owned by Mary.
Active: Mary owned the vicious guard dog.
Passive: My manuscript was eaten by a vicious grammar-guard dog.
Active: The vicious grammar-guard dog ate my manuscript.
Even in active voice, that scenario stinks, so exercise your active voice.
Their website says, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”
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