No matter what you write – whether it’s romance, literary fiction, fantasy, or the increasingly popular genre of historical vampire chick-lit zombie western mystery – at some point each of you will be called upon to write about the same thing: yourself.
There’s no avoiding it. If you’re writing with the goal of publication, it’s going to happen to you. You’re going to be asked to write a bio of yourself. Repeatedly. Before, during, and after your book sells.
Most of us first encounter this chore when we’re crafting our queries. Or when building our websites. Those who are active in social media know that we’re expected to put our lives into some pithy nutshell for our Twitter profiles, our Facebook timelines, and who knows how many other online vehicles. And if you’re further along in your path to publication, you’ll be asked for a bio for the agent pitching your book, or your editor will need your bio for the book jacket.
Bottom line, you’re going to have to write a short bio blurb. And this is where many writers recoil in horror. Their biggest objection? “But my life is boring. I’ve been too busy writing, raising kids, working at my day job, etc. How am I supposed to make myself sound interesting? After all, it’s my characters readers care about, not me.”
First of all, that’s not true. Readers DO want to know about you, particularly after having been caught up in the lives of the characters you’ve developed. But so do agents, editors, and many other people who make up the ever-changing machinery of the publishing world. They need to know how to package and sell you. So you’ve got to give them something to work with.
Relax. I’m here to help. [Read more…]