Yeah I know, lame title this week. You’ll get over it.
First the good news; I’m published! I had the good fortune to write a piece titled The Angel Wars with my fantastic-amazing-patient-supportive writing partner, Pat Hollett. It’s a compilation of emails where she got to play the role of Devil to my God. The whole process was a riot as we emailed each other back and forth to see where it would take us next. A wonderful learning experience!
Now, the bad news; when a publisher sends you an advance copy to check your edits, DO IT. Don’t just lie and say you did. *scuffs toe in dirt shamefully* lol! The second last section I wrote has some weird >’s instead of ‘s. *facepalm* But in the end who cares, my name is in PRINT people! WOOOOOT!!!!
The better news; there are three other writers from the OWG in there too. Anne Michaud, Jessica Peter, and Anastasija Ivanovic. The girls submitted a story called Animal Kingdoom and it rocks! Enjoy! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=epocalypse&sprefix=epocalypse
Now that all that gushing is out of the way, back to business. In order to submit a story we had to send in an author bio. Personally, as a noob, I found writing a bio to be very stressful. I mean what to say, what not to say, too short, too long, that sort of thing. Really awkward. So now that I’ve got the actual print book of the anthology in my hot hand I’m having fun snoop – er – studying everyone else’s bio’s to see what catches my eye. Here’s what I’ve found, and please keep in mind this is only in regards to these type of little known author compilations;
– Don’t tell me every little scrap of everything you’ve ever done in your entire writing ‘career’. You’re in a non-paying anthology people, I mean, really? And chances are good that the readers will have never heard of, nor care about, any of those publishers, publications, or acronyms you felt the need to blather on about.
– Do keep it brief and please include a link so that if I actually liked your story, I can find out more about you. *note to self*
– Don’t tell me your entire educational history. I really don’t care how many degrees or masters you have in anything, I only care that you can write a great story.
– Don’t tell me ‘Jane lives in upstate New York.’ I don’t care where you live really, especially if you blurt it out and let it hang there. Perhaps try ‘hanging on the streets of New York Jane learned a lot about…’ Otherwise if I really want to know where you were born, raised, moved to, moved again too….I’ll check your link.
– Do, be either funny, or touching. Your bio should make me a feel as though I’ve connected to you in some small way, at least if you want me to look up your link. Facts and figures consist only of cold data, so warm me up to you! 🙂
Well there you have it, my take on bio’s. Now the hundred dollar question; what do you all think? Are there things that irk you in a bio as well, or things that you enjoy?
And for my talented and published followers, what would you consider to be either a big no-no, or an absolute must have in a bio?