How To Write Your Author Bio


You want to write for a website, and they ask you to submit your author bio with your writing.

How in the world do you write an author bio of yourself? What should you include? What should you leave out?

I have four tips for you today—four important things for you to consider—that will help you, but please keep in mind that the way you write your author bio will depend on what website you are writing for.

Let's get started!

1. FIRST OR THIRD PERSON?

Should you write your bio in the first or third person?

Some (probably most) websites will actually specify whether they want a first or third person bio.

But you might have a choice, as for your blog. On this blog, my bio, or "about me," is in the first person. The first person often offers a more open, friendlier, personal tone.

On The Rebelution, however, they ask that you write your author bio in the third person, presumably because it's more professional.

2. WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR AUTHOR BIO

Here are 4 things you should consider including in your author bio:

  1. First and last name (or pen name, if you use that)
  2. Links to your website and/or blog
  3. Share a little about yourself. What do you like doing during your free time? (How much you share will depend on the website, whether it's more formal or informal, and what the bio word count limit is. You may or may not be able to include some "fun and silly" facts about yourself.)
  4. Share where you live, if you'd like. Readers enjoy knowing where the author lives. "Author name lives in Wisconsin with her husband John," would be an example. Don't share your city/town, and never share your home address.
Most importantly, search the website and read the bios already there. Try to imitate those. This will be your most helpful tip.

3. WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR AUTHOR BIO

Are there some things you should AVOID putting in your author bio?

Yes!

As mentioned before, don't share exactly where you live. It's important to keep some things private.

Also, don't share super personal stuff. I'm not sure you would have space for that, but if you are allowed to write a longer bio, don't say that you live with bratty siblings. Don't say that you can't stand your next-door neighbor.

This might sound ridiculous and unnecessary to mention, but really, these things don't make you look professional. Keep in mind that your online presence says a lot about you.

4. KEEP YOUR BIO CONCISE

Often, websites will share how long they would like your author bio to be. Follow that word count as closely as you can. I don't think you'll be rejected for a few words over the word count limit, but try to stay under it as much as possible.

So keep your bio tight and concise. Don't use filler words (such as "really," "very," "absolutely," etc.) unless absolutely necessary. (See what I did there? ;) Words like "absolutely" provide emphasis, and sometimes we need that.)



I hope this gave you some good tips to start writing your author bio! To summarize, your author bio will really depend on the website. Look at the other authors' examples. That will help you the most.
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8 comments:

  1. Great to have you back, Julia!

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  2. I loved this! These tips are great!

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  3. These are great tips, Julia! I hope to write an article for The Rebelution soon, so now I have an idea on how I should format my bio. Thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad you found this helpful, Heaven! It would be so cool to see your article on TheReb! :D

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