4 Tips to Write an Effective Biography

Writing your biography can sometimes be even more difficult than writing the book! But, it’s important to let people know who you are, what you write, and where to find you. Your readers also want to know a little bit about the person who’s writing their favorite stories, so it’s super important to have an effective biography. But how do you write a killer bio?


Writing a Biography

4 Tips to Write an Effective Biography

1 | Write in third person: I know…it’s strange writing in third person when you’re writing about yourself and it may take a few tries to get it right.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the bio on my Amazon page:

…She loves spending time with her husband and two children…

Rather than:

…I love spending time with my husband and two children…

2 | Start with your name: It may seem obvious, but it’s a good reminder to make sure readers know it’s you they’re reading about!

3 | Share something personal: Sharing something personal helps your readers to connect with you. Below is the biography of J.F. Penn from her Amazon page. I love how she weaves her personal interests into what she writes.  

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of thrillers with a supernatural edge. Finalist in the 2017 International Thriller Writer Awards for Best Ebook Original for Destroyer of Worlds.

Oxford educated, British-born J.F.Penn has traveled the world in her study of religion and psychology. She brings these obsessions as well as a love for thrillers and an interest in the supernatural to her writing.

Her fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, global locations, and a hint of the supernatural. Described by readers as "Dan Brown meets Lara Croft."

4 | Include a link: Include links to the places your readers can find you online. Examples include your webpage/email list signup page, Amazon author page, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.  Some publications only allow one link, though, so you’ll need to decide what the most important link is and include that in your bio. Because your email list is the most important place to connect with your readers (you own it and, therefore, can’t lose it), I would recommend that be the link you make a priority.

It can be intimidating to write your bio, but with practice I know you can write an amazing one! Read the bios of authors you admire, practice writing yours, and let friends and family give you feedback.

I’d love to read what you come up with. Feel free to share your bio in the comments below!