Self-publishing

Writing a Writer’s Bio

Update from the last time. I joined a group and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was actually nice, fun, and scary. A common love for books, writing, and humour makes it easier to talk to others and a lot less nerve wrecking than I thought.

This post will be short. There is not much I’m able to say about the subject. The whole ordeal of writing about myself feels alien and hard. Anyway, how should you make an interesting bio without sounding boring to the potential readers? I don’t have an answer to the question. If you search for professional answers they say bio is a sample of your writing, that readers are interested in who you are, and you should add a fun/interesting fact about yourself if you have one, like you like to sit under a table and plot for world domination. I have decided to change my career path to the supreme leader. It sounds a lot easier than writing (and more lucrative.) Oh yes, write the bio in a third person, because that makes you sound professional and not nutty at all.

Bio makes you and your book more personal for the reader. If you share a hobby or interest, that common ground binds you two and makes you more likable and buyable. Maybe I should add to my Amazon bio (which I have written, and it is boring, yuck) that two days ago I conquered a castle ruins on top of a mountain going there by a route no one has used in decades and the prize I got for the conquest was a gaping wound to my finger which still hurts. Such a story might sell better than my love for cookies and it is a true story. Okay, maybe the conquering happened only inside my head and it was just a physical and mental challenge, but I’m a writer and I can embellish if I want.

Besides written bio on your Amazon page or other publishing platforms and on your blog, you might consider a video bio. A picture is worth a thousand words. Mine would be worth a can of cat food.

The problem with bios either video or written is that they are not a dialogue. That they are more like a stagnant statement. I find conversations a better way to get to know someone. I think interaction with readers at least with indie writers is going towards dialogue through platforms like Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. It is a good thing. Writers need interaction with others, especially those who are like me who find it hard.

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