writercize: Every writer or author needs a bio. An author may have multiple bios ranging in levels of personalization and professionalism for book covers, author websites, blogger profiles and query letters. Spend some time crafting your Author Bio today.
Need some great tips on what to include and what to edit? Read this how-to guide by Rachelle Gardner.
Personally, I would recommend something light-hearted for a blog, but drop the hobbies and the humor for anything else.
Click "read more" to see my (third person) author bio from my freelance website.
writercizer sample response:
Meet Alana Garrigues, freelance writer.Alana believes in the power of words.
Specializing in journalism and creative non-fiction, she also dabbles in children's books.
Alana is a regular contributor to The Beach Reporter, a weekly newspaper serving Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. She also writes newsletter articles and creates marketing material for community organizations and is the editor of Scribblers Scoop, the quarterly newsletter of Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles.
Alana studied marketing, mass communications and international business at the University of Washington in Seattle and Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale in Turin, Italy. She is a member of Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA) and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
She prides herself on extensive research and the ability to accurately quote and convey the thoughts, feelings and opinions of her subjects, and she takes joy in breaking complex subjects down into comprehensible form.
Alana is also the author of the blog "writercize," featuring both fiction and non-fiction writing exercises and activities for anyone with ten minutes to pick up a pen or tap away at a keyboard and write.
((An author's website is one of those funny place where there's a blurry line on whether to write in first or third person, and I may switch it to first, but in the meantime, this works for me. Naturally, a fiction query would cut the majority of this out, while a non-fiction query would hone in my platform.))