10-day-write-blog-challenge-daily3Introduce yourself with your writing bio.

Yeah right!

This isn’t easy!  So I had a look at some of the prompts that Hunter had over at her site.

Tips for Writing your Author Bio by Richard Ridley had a few suggetions:

Basic Guidelines to Writing an Author Bio

Distance Yourself. Write it from a marketing point of view, not as an author and write in third person (She lives in a rural setting)

You Are Your Genre.  Commit to a genre and understand your book from a readers perspective.  Its about writing to your target audience. (she loves writing fantasy romance)

Always Be Branding. Always be willing to have contact details so your fans can contact you – web  address, facebook, twitter etc.

Keep It Brief. Don’t go on and on about yourself.  Make it short and sharp.  Recommended75 – 125 words.

Be Humble. Its a fine line between being humble and being a braggart – you need to find that line.

Get Personal. Tell your readers something about yourself so that they can connect with you as a person.

Fiction vs. Nonfiction. Fiction you only need to sell yourself.  Non Fiction you need to sell your credentials.

How to writer an Authors Bio when you don’t feel like an Author Yet by Anne R Allen has some good ideas.

Title it only with your name. Write in third person. Keep to about 250 words: one page, double-spaced–or 1/2 page single-spaced, if you include a photo above it. (I advise against this unless it’s specifically requested or you have a great, up-to-date, professional photo that makes you look like a contestant on one of those Top Model shows.)

You’re aiming for a style similar to book jacket copy. The purpose is to make yourself sound professional and INTERESTING.This may be perfectly accurate:  “Mrs. H. O. Humm is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Middle America with her dentist husband, 2.4 children and a dog named Rex.”But a bio is all about making yourself stand out. “Hermione Oz Humm was born in the Emerald City and is an expert balloonist, ventriloquist and voice-over performer.”

Things to consider including:

1) Whatever might make you newsworthy: If you do something quirky, add it in.

2) Work history: Tell them about your day job – unless you are a hugely successful writer, no one wants to know.
3) Where you live: for marketing purposes
4) Education: include any writing workshops you have attended.

5) Life experience and hobbies
 tell people about it, especially if it relates to your story.
6) Travel/exotic residences: people want to know that you have experienced the world.

7) Writing credentials/prizes: If you have won a prize, tell people, if you have previously published in a small time press, say so.

OK, so there is enough information here for me to get started.

 So here is my Author Bio

Catherine Mede lives in Rural New Zealand with her husband, son and two cats.  She works as a Teacher Aide at the local Area School.  When not writing, Catherine likes to read, draw and garden.

Having developed a love for writing when she was at High School, it wasn’t until she was in her thirties she decided to really get down and dirty with the words in her head. 

Romance is something that Catherine likes to write about because she understands the need to get lost in a love that sometimes seems mythical.  And adding Fantasy elements just fulfils her needs to be creative fanciful worlds to escape into.

Catherine has a short story published in a Masters of Horror Anthology and attends writing seminars and groups in her area.

When she is rich and famous, Catherine intends to have a large library which will double as her writing space.

You can contact Catherine Mede through her website www.catherinemede.com and facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Mede/148449011904996she loves to have contact with her fans.

10 Day Writer Blogging Challenge – Day 3
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