These days, promotion is essential for all forms of professional writing. Whether you’re looking for writing jobs, or are busily writing Kindle ebooks, you need to promote. One of the essentials for promotion is a bio.
Your Bio: WHO Are You?
I’ll always remember crafting my first bio, many years ago. If my editor hadn’t given me a series of questions so that I could get my thoughts straight, I wouldn’t have attempted it. She insisted, and eventually I completed that bio, but the memory of the sheer terror of writing it still remains.
Once you’ve got a bio, you can slant it for many different purposes. For example, let’s say you’ve created a bio for the About page on your website. You can slant that to create a profile for your social media accounts, or a profile you can send to your writing clients. You might use the bio as-is in your press kit.
By the way, if you’re not sure what goes into a press kit, here’s a quick template I created for my clients.
You can also use your bio in introductions you send out to prospective clients, and in the back matter of your ebooks.
In short, you can use your bio everywhere.
Professional Writing Career: How to Write a Quick Bio.
Your bio’s essential purpose is to tell people who you are. It builds trust.
Let’s look at some tips which will help you to write a quick bio.
- Vital: when you’re writing a bio, you’re writing to achieve a purpose, rather than telling your life story. You want the person who’s reading it to hire you to write, or buy more of your ebooks, or whatever your goal is;
- Do a little free write first. Set a timer for ten minutes. Start writing with this phrase: “Here’s what I want my clients (or readers) to know…” Keep writing until the ten minutes are up. This free write will prime the pump, and give you some ideas of what you want to include in your bio;
- Write your bio in the third person, and include your name. Occasionally I’ll look at someone’s About page, read it, and then have no idea what their name might be. It’s easy to miss this. 🙂 Of course, you can use a pen name if you wish;
- Write as you speak. If you’re writing a bio which you’ll send out to clients, write in plain English, eliminating jargon. You can be whimsical and/ or funny, if that’s who you are;
- Keep your first bio to around 200 words. This is ample for the back matter in your ebooks, for websites, and for your press kit. You can trim to to 50 words or less for your social media profiles.
Your professional writing career depends on people knowing who you are, so if you haven’t created a bio yet, create one now.
Get Your Bios Done for You.
Writers can be comfortable writing almost anything, but stress about writing bios. I’ve created a “done for you bios” service. You receive some questions, send me the responses, and within days, you’ll receive your bios, as well as a tagline. Check out this service; it can save you time and frustration.