Why is Writing About Yourself So Damn Hard? Your Guide to a Smashing Author Bio

What is it about writing an author bio, or rather a bio in general, that is so difficult? You would think that because you are you, and you know yourself, writing about yourself would be the easiest process to complete. Reality check…not much!

The other day, I asked one of my clients to send me her “Author Bio.” One day…two days passed. By day 3 I called her up and asked about it. She said she was getting it together.

I was thinking in my head, what’s taking you so long? It’s your bio!! On the flip side though, I realized that this is a common thing for most people, even me. It is damn hard to write about yourself!

On one hand, yes, you do know everything about yourself, but on the other, putting it all together becomes a task worthy effort, as if someone asked you to plan the next space launch to Venus.

Listen, I’m here to tell you that writing your author bio is not rocket science! Here’s what it comes down to; the biggest question you should be asking:

What would you like people to know about you?

While you’re pondering that, also remember that your author bio will impact sales of your book, speaks to your reputation, and often determines what media opportunities come your way. It also establishes your credibility or authority on a subject.

Here’s a quick guideline to etching out your author bio:

  1. Keep it short and include funny, interesting things about you

  2. Include things that build your credibility – your education, travels, work, etc.

  3. Demonstrate your authority and credibility on the subject of your book – awards, work history…

  4. Mention your website and any books you have previously written

  5. Include the topic(s) you write and speak about. 

Here is an example of an author bios that I think covers it all.

Rupi Kaur (from her website)

rupi kaur is a #1 new york times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. she started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said—draw your heart out. rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey. after completing her degree in rhetoric studies she published her first collection of poems milk and honey in 2014. the internationally acclaimed collection sold well over a million copies gracing the new york times bestsellers list every week for over a year. it has since been translated into over thirty languages. her long-awaited second collection ‘the sun and her flowers’ was published in 2017. through this collection, she continues to explore a variety of themes ranging from love. loss. trauma. healing. femininity. migration. ‘revolution.

rupi has performed her poetry across the world. her photography and art direction are warmly embraced and she hopes to continue this expression for years to come.

Be sure to follow rupi on instagram and facebook for continuous updates.

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