Hello writers! This weekend I have two words to throw at you. Ready? Catch!
Yep. Author biographies. Those little self-promotional blurbs designed to win friends and influence people.
The opportunity to share these snippets used to be reserved for the tail-end of query letters, articles, stories and essays. Now they are everywhere. You need one for your Twitter account, another for your blog, and what about Facebook?
As a writer, these condensed versions of yourself are important. They give you a way to share a bit of yourself with your reader. Bios help you establish your expertise and let you show off your wit and personality. Plus, they can be great marketing tools, especially if you include a blog or web site link for readers to follow.
So this weekend’s writing assignment is one part introduction, one part self-promotion. It’s the opportunity for you to practice writing a fresh bio (no fair cheating with some cookie cutter text you have somewhere) AND a bit of free marketing if you decide to take part in the show and tell challenge (below).
Here are the rules:
- Write a serious or witty author bio to introduce yourself to me and the other readers of B&B.
- Write it in the third person.
- Keep it to 25 words or less.
- Be honest. Don’t come here claiming to be a two-headed monster from Mars if you have no paperwork to back it up.
Who are you? Readers want to know.
The Show and Tell Challenge:
Once you’ve finished writing your witty and informative bio, polish it up and post it in the comments here for other readers of B&B to see. Think of it as a meet and greet — with marketing potential. Hey, free ad space is free ad space, right?
I’m looking forward to making your acquaintance.