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Hot Tips for Your Author Bio

old typewriterWriting is a business, make no mistake. One aspect of the business is your author biography. 

If it hasn’t happened already, you, as a writer, will be asked to participate in some kind of opportunity. Whether it’s a book signing, an author panel, or a guest blog post, your host will likely ask for a bio – a short writeup about you.

This can be both a blessing and a huge annoyance.

It’s a blessing because it’s great publicity, but it can be annoying if you don’t have one ready to go. So, rather than have to sit down and compose one each time (and usually when you’re under the gun, timewise), the smart play is to have several versions on your hard drive, ready to go. Then it’s easy to copy and paste for whatever purpose you need.

Why not take an hour today and compose a short (two sentences), medium (one paragraph), and long (two paragraphs) version of your professional biography? Here is a comprehensive article on the subject.

Remember, the more efficient you are with the business end, the more time and energy you save for actual writing. So write at least three versions of your bio to have ready to go at a moment’s notice.

What do you think? Any tips for creating and updating your own author bio?

(Contributed by J.P. Hall.)

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