your bio in first person for query letters, third person for most
other purposes including proposals, book jackets, article bylines.
but you also need to convey personality and writing style. Don’t try too hard
to be funny, but include something that makes you seem like a real person.
gives you credibility? What makes you interesting? What helps people connect with
you? (When you’re on Twitter, Facebook or your blog, what kinds of posts seem
to get the most comments?) These are things you can briefly include.
your book centers on something specific—the Civil War, for example—are you
a member of a Civil War society? Have you published any articles in historical
journals? Include that.
not to include too much “resumé” type information–education, job history,
etc. because it tends to be boring. Only include what’s relevant to the book
- As you write a bio, consider carefully the purpose of the bio – who is the audience? Is it agents and editors? Is it your blog readers? Tailor it to this audience.
An additional tip that I can offer is to find the rhythm of your voice and use it in your biographical text. For instance, when writing my bio for the promotional material for a lighthearted devotional called Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days, I added one short sentence that displayed the spirit of my writing: Sandra D. Bricker states that she hasn't seen a good hair day in more than twenty years.