Publishing a Novel: Author Bio

Me at Cape Cod

Me at Cape Cod

In an inch or so of space, your few words must accomplish about ten things in the author bio. That’s the paragraph which goes right under your author photo. You spend years with all the space you need to write your book. You carefully craft your character arcs, add brilliant description passages, type out pages of dialogue for days on end. You tell the whole story, or a good bite, of someone’s life. Then, with a little more than an inch, you tell your own story.

If you’ve published other books, your bio is a snap. You fill it up with a string of titles. You earned it. Let’s face it, writing is your life! But if you are a debut author, you have to be clever.

In your allotted area, you must be relatable; give some personal history; add something quirky about yourself; mention your education, and how it relates to your story. Humor is good if you’re not writing about some disaster. Say something about who you are. Do not mention your cat. And all through this condensed bio of you, let the reader hear your voice. (That’s technical writer-talk.).
Writers are the most generous people. Many have published blogs on details like these for new publishers. I have done my homework. I reduced my bio to 70 words, a little under an inch and a quarter. And I did mention my CAT.


About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on February 1, 2016, in On Writing, Publishing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Good for you Gerri! Proud of my CHS classmate!

  2. Elaine and Frank


  3. What a cute picture. You write with so much talent not only in your books but even in your Bio!

  4. Gerri, What a fabulous picture! Rock Harbor?
    I look forward to reading the 70 special words you chose to introduce special you. Sounds like a challenge in making every word count? I may try it myself just for fun!
    Anxiously awaiting your book!

  5. Luv, luv, LUV it middle sister!! 💖💖

  6. You can’t do justice to the wonderful life you lead in such a small space: your beauty, inner and outer, your generous and loving heart, your spirituality, love of family, appreciation of nature…no wonder they call it a “blurb!”

    • Louise, thank you for those beautiful words! I am so grateful life brought us together. You are a dear friend. And you are getting kudos on your Rock Harbor picture I’m using on my background. Now I’m going to look for your pic of snowdrops, I know the ice is melted!

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