Recently I was asked for my bio. No problem. I have shared my ‘bio’ over and over again with different websites, publishing companies and clients.
I immediately looked up the last bio that I had shared with an editor, copied it and pasted it into the body of my email. No problem. Or was it?
Before hitting the magic ‘send’ button that would ship my reply off into cyberspace where my words would become permanent, I decided it was best to reread the email request one more time to ensure I met all criteria.
Oh. Hmm. This could be a problem.
Six to ten sentences? SIX to TEN sentences. This could definitely be a problem.
Blankly I stared at my monitor wondering why it was that six to ten sentences about myself seemed impossible to write. Once my eyes began to water I decided it was time to break the stare and get to the bottom of what it was that I found interest in when I read other bios. After some thought I narrowed it down to four questions. Who are they professionally & personally? What do they have to offer me? And what do we have in common?
4 Questions To Answer In Your Bio
Professional. Personal. Offer. Relate.
My email reply was not sent that day. Likely due to the amount of time I wasted staring blankly at my monitor. A few days later I emailed my over-edited bio to a friend. She edited it some more.
SIX. Done. Time to click send. Those words are permanent… at least until the Editors act upon their rights and edit my bio.
What do you look for in a bio?
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