By Anne R. Allen
The author bio on your social media, blog or website is one of the most important things you’ll ever write, so you want to put some thought into it. It’s what’s going to define you for agents, readers, editors, journalists, bloggers, reviewers and anybody else who may (or may not) want to do business with you.
If you’re a beginner, you may still be afraid to tell more than a handful of people you’re a writer. And maybe you feel pretentious calling yourself an “author.”
But you still need an author bio.
Yes. Even if you’ve never published anything but the haiku that won second prize in your high school newspaper.
You never know when one of your poems or blog entries or even a Facebook post will be picked up by an editor or website who wants to publish it. Or you win a story contest you totally forgot you entered last spring. The first thing they’ll ask for is an author bio. You want to be ready.
Actually, you want to prepare several bios:
A one or two sentence author bio for Twitter and and/or a magazine byline.
A short paragraph suitable for a query and those online profiles at Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, etc.
A longer one-page author bio for posting on your website “About Me” page (and sending to agents and editors who still ask for a separate bio.)
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