How To Write A Compelling Author Bio
Your author bio needs to get readers excited and wanting to buy your books! It isn’t about merely giving facts about your life and describing your life work. While writing an author bio can be difficult for new writers, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you out:
1. Your author bio needs to sell (and not just tell about) you
Don’t just quote facts about where you live, what you used to do, and why you decided to write books about your genre. Make your story interesting. Use some descriptive language when you tell your story so the reader can identify with you and imagine what you’re like as a person. That way they they’ll be more likely to want to read more of what you write.
2. Be relevant to your books
Don’t write multiple sentences about your former career if it has no relevance to your books. If you highlight former career achievements then this will discourage the reader from wanting to continue. Instead, try to relate certain elements of your career to your journey as a writer. If you used to work in law, and now write crime novels, consider mentioning how you became more and more curious by people’s stories behind the cases.
The exception to this rule is if your former position is actually relevant. If you write novels set in the 15th century, then mentioning that you were a history teacher who was deeply fascinated by this particular time period is interesting to the reader and enhances your credibility as a writer.
3. Include a good author photo
A high-quality photo with a relatively plain background will boost your credibility, as well as helping the reader to connect with who you are. Readers want to picture the human behind the words they’re reading. Failing to do so just makes you look amateur and unprofessional. If you’re using a pen name then consider using a creative photo where the viewer can’t make out your face.
4. Being interesting beats being accurate
While you don’t want to lie, it’s essential that you don’t give a detailed and accurate review of your life. If something isn’t particularly interesting, then why include it? Avoid listing all the hobbies you’re into. Instead, focus on one thing you’re passionate about, and what it does for you.
5. Create a Persona
If you’re still struggling, then try inventing a persona. Digital marketers like to create personas when they’re carrying out campaigns. They do this by using their target demographics to ‘invent’ a typical person who they’re aiming their product at. By humanizing the target audience, it becomes much easier to get creative and come up with marketing concepts. You can try the same approach. Think about who’ll be reading your book. Imagine what they want to know about you and why they would want to read your book.