How to write a compelling author bio

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When you wrote your Amazon book page, how much thought did you put into the author bio? Did you quickly throw together some random sentences just so you could finish the page and hit “publish”?

Did you even bother to write an author bio at all?

No one reads the author bio… so it doesn’t really matter, right?

Wrong!

Unless you’re a household name, the author bio matters!

I’m assuming you’re not Grisham, or Godin, or Ferriss, or Fleming (that last one would be particularly difficult to achieve) – which means very few people other than your mom will buy the book purely because you’re the author.

Instead, those who end up on your book page will rely on a few key details to help them determine whether or not to buy it. Those details are: book reviews, book description, and author bio.

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to decide which information to include (and what you can leave out) in your author bio
  • The best “tone” and “personality” to use
  • Tips on making sure your author bio is persuasive and engaging
  • How to add the bio to your book listing page
  • An author bio template checklist

Let’s go!

What's an Author Bio?

It’s a given that you need a stellar front cover, an attention-grabbing book title, and a sophisticated keyword strategy. But those are the elements that get users to your book page in the first place – not what keeps them there.

The author bio is where you establish yourself as the kind of person who ought to be read by your target market. It’s where you forge a connection with your potential readers and get them to trust you, believe in you, and want to read what you have to say. If you take the author bio seriously and get it right, you’ll sell more books. *That’s* why the author bio matters.

First, though, a quick explanation of which author bio we’re talking about. On Amazon, there are two kinds of bio: the generic bio on your “Author Page,” and separate bios for each of your books. The advice in this post is aimed at your bio on your individual book pages (although much of it will still be relevant to your main “Author Page”).

Step 1: Strategically Prepare for  your author bio

Before you write your masterpiece of an author bio, ask yourself the following questions.

What’s your book about?

If your book is a contemporary romance novel with a middle-aged female protagonist, the personality and content of your author bio will be markedly different from if you’re writing about tax-deduction strategies for real estate investors.

While this may seem like the most “obvious” advice ever, you’d be surprised by just how much unnecessary or inappropriate content (in terms of the book’s subject matter) finds its way into the author bio. If your nightmare-inducing horror novel contains a perky and cheerful author description about your love for puppies and former career as a glassblower, it’s just going to confuse readers and lose their connection to your writing.

Who are you writing for?

Closely linked to the question above, you need to think about your target reader.

First, who did you have in mind when writing the book?

And secondly, who do you want to buy and read it?

Will that person be looking for evidence of your credibility in the field and reassurance that you’re an authority on the subject? Or are you hoping to attract people who are drawn to your personality or unique opinions or insights?

Figure it out, then write for that person. Try not to add information to your bio “just in case” a different kind of reader might appreciate it. You’ll end up with a behemoth of a bio that no one reads because it’s simply too daunting.

 

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Don't be like a Storm Trooper and miss your target!

 

What tone and personality suit the author bio?

Again, this ties into the previous questions. If you’ve written a funny fictional story, go with that same humor in your bio. If your book is a spiritual guide to personal growth, some life-affirming positivity wouldn’t go amiss.

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You can also use the author bio to guide the reader into understanding what the personality of the book will be like – which is particularly useful when the tone of the book is unusual or surprising compared to the subject matter.

For example, there’s a book called Profit First: A Simple System To Transform Any Business From A Cash-Eating Monster To A Money-Making Machine. If anyone reaches the Amazon page thinking the author will have an overly aggressive or arrogant approach, the bio (a fabulous combination of humor, credentials, and authority on the subject) will set them straight:

“Mike Michalowicz (mi-KAL-o-witz) is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and the “entrepreneur's cult classic” (BusinessWeek), The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. With a popular, quirky website MikeMichalowicz.com, he is a globally recognized entrepreneurial advocate. Mike is a former small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal, is MSBNC's business make-over, has built and sold two multi-million dollar companies and currently runs his third.”

Step 2: How to write an author bio

While you’re writing, keep asking yourself: Is this relevant to my reader? Will they be interested in the fact that I was born in California or that I was top of my class in Physics once?

And while we’re on this topic… no one cares that you always wanted to be a writer. Well done that you're living your dream, but seriously: leave it out unless you're writing a memoir.

This isn’t to say that your bio should be impersonal. On the contrary: it’s your opportunity to connect with readers and make them feel like they know you and *want* to read your work. You just need to make sure the information you include is relevant and will be of genuine interest to them.

Your #author bio can make readers feel like they know you, trust you, and want to read your workClick To Tweet

Here are some other things to consider while writing:

Go with the third person

“About the author” demands the third person. While it may feel a bit weird to write “he” or “she” rather than “I,” there’s one major benefit: it’ll come across as less boastful when you start mentioning all your (relevant) accomplishments and accolades.

That said…

We all know you wrote your own author bio

Don't go waaay overboard showing off because everyone knows you wrote it. Even if the author bio is in the third person. State your achievements, sure, but don’t become a braggart: try to bring a little humility and modesty to the text.

Keep your author bio short

Even if you have pertinent biographical information that relates, very few are ready to wade through nine paragraphs of it. The faster they can read about you, the faster they can click the link to buy your book.

The general consensus on word count is aim for 75 words, but definitely don’t go above 150. It takes effort and practice to distill everything into such a short space. But once you’ve nailed it, you’ll be able to fit a great deal of personality and information into those words.

Use it like a business card

Give readers a way to interact with you by adding your website or social media info. At the very least, they’ll be able to find out more about you and explore your other works.

Step 3: Add the author bio to your book page

You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Visit Amazon Author Central, click on your book, and add it in the “About the Author” section OR…
  • If you published a paperback version of your book on CreateSpace, you can enter the bio in the “Author Biography” section for your book. There isn’t an equivalent field in KDP. But when you include this information on CreateSpace, it’ll automatically get included on your Amazon Kindle version.
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Use these author bio examples as inspiration

Here are some real-life author bios that combine most or all of the tips above:

Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes: “Chungah Rhee is the founder, recipe developer, and photographer of Damn Delicious. What began as a grad school hobby is now a top food blog, with millions of readers coming to her site for easy weeknight recipes and simplified gourmet meals. She lives and continues to cook non-stop in Los Angeles, with her baby corgi, Butters. Visit her at damndelicious.net.” [60 words]

Long Range Shooting Handbook: Complete Beginner's Guide to Long Range Shooting: “Ryan Cleckner served as a special operations sniper team leader with the U.S. Army's elite 1st Ranger Bn. on multiple combat deployments. He is a graduate of the premier Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC), among other military training courses, and has taught snipers and police sharpshooters from around the world. Ryan has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to explain complex topics in a simple and digestible way. Ryan is currently a firearms industry professional and an attorney.” [83 words]

Diary of a Farting Creeper: Why Does the Creeper Fart When He Should Explode? (Volume 1): Who is Wimpy Fart? Wimpy Fart loves Minecraft and writes awesome Minecraft books for YOU because you are the best Minecraft fans in the world. You can email Wimpy Fart to tell him about your favorite Minecraft books, or to talk about really loud farts. wimpyfart@gmail.com Oh – Wimpy Fart reads all your awesome Amazon reviews and likes to know what you want to read about in Minecraft books! [68 words]

Forgotten Secrets: Internationally bestselling and award-winning author Robin Perini is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. A RITA Award finalist, she sold fourteen titles to publishers in less than two years after winning the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award in 2011. An analyst for an advanced technology corporation, she is also a nationally acclaimed writing instructor and enjoys competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. Robin makes her home in the American Southwest and loves to hear from readers. Visit her website at www.robinperini.com. [94 words]

Dave Chesson's Own Blog Bio at Kindlepreneur: (Added by Dave here)

I probably don't have to tell you, but I'm pretty much a techy goof ball.  And hopefully, my bio does a great job of conveying it. Using humor and an upbeat manner, I hope I've created a dialogue that lets Kindlepreneur readers know exactly who I am as a writer for this site in 34 words. However, the inspiration for such a bio came after I read an amazing biography of John Scalzi at the end of his book “Old Man's War.” It was this biography that drove me to buy John's next book and follow him on his blog…does that make me a stalker? John Scalzi, what do you think?

Speaking of John Scalzi…

John Scalzi's Author Bio

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller Redshirts, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word “Whatever” into Google. No, seriously, try it.

If you're looking for author bio perfection, this is as close as you're gonna find. His bio lends him credibility, demonstrates his personality, and  has one of the most unique Calls-to-Action you'll ever read. How many of you actually googled “whatever” just now?

Use This Author Bio Template

The information in your author bio (and the personality of your text) depends on a combination of many factors.

There's no “one size fits all” approach. Having said that, the following checklist provides a structure you may wish to consider. If you browse many of the best author bios, you'll notice they tend to follow this sequence:

Punchy, impactful intro sentence

Introduce industry/field/authority area

Build credibility without overly bragging

Add a personal touch

Finish on a call to action (check out new book, follow on social media, etc.)

You’re ready!

In summary, the steps in this post take you through everything you need when writing your own author description. Refer to them when you start writing – and you’ll have an engaging author bio that sells more books!

About the Author: Mish Slade

Mish Slade, author of the How to Write a Author Bio article

Mish Slade is the founder of copywriting agency Mortified Cow  – which takes a decidedly different view on how businesses should promote themselves. Her latest book is called May I Have Your Attention, Please? Your Guide to Business Writing That Charms, Captivates, and Converts.

FAQs

What should an author's bio include?

Some general rules of thumb include keeping it under between 75 – 150 words. Also, make sure you include any relevant accomplishments. Finally, try to include links to your website or social media so people can find out more about you.

How do you write a bio for a first-time author?

First-time authors might not be able to include any literary accomplishments like other best-selling books, but make sure to include any expertise that relates to your book. If your first book is about coaching basketball, you could include how many years you’ve been coaching and any successes there.

64 Comments

  1. Richard Hain on July 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Nice bio stuff, thanks!
    I guess including a picture in your bio helps a lot.
    That’d be more fun than going thru thousand words, right?
    As wannabe “ereaderpreneur”, looking forward to using the lessons shared in this page.
    To successful writing – Cheers!

    • Dave Chesson on July 29, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Yup, most definitely.

  2. Leslie Chapman on May 4, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Hello,
    Great article. Thank you for the tips. I’m co-authoring my first children’s book. Would you mind taking a look at my author bio?
    What drives Leslie Chapman to visit countries across 4 continents and over 40 states in the US? Her love for learning and travel. There are three things Leslie is passionate about, her family, teaching and travelling. As a former high school science educator, that came with the job, but teaching is something Leslie does, having taught wee ones up through senior members of society. Check out her new children’s book, Boops’ Character Missions, Mission I: Roatan, and visit her at http://www.boopscharactermissions.com.

  3. Marie Hall on March 28, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Hello Dave! I happened to find this gem of an article by searching the web and I am so appreciative. Thank you for your insight to writing a great author bio. Would you mind looking over mine.As someone who has struggled with low self-love and self-worth, Marie knows firsthand how it can affect children ‘s ability to perform academically in school, especially for African American boys. With over seventeen years in the education field, she has sought to inspire and encourage children to believe in themselves and the power of the words they speak. Something that she has always instilled in her own son, Tracy. Marie holds a Master ‘s degree in Elementary Education and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Her new book, I DECLARE ¦ is surely a rare jewel for promoting self-esteem and self-love for African American boys through powerful declarations they can speak into themselves.

  4. Erin Chambers on June 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    TGIF Dave! I love the personality and insight you share! THANK YOU! (and yes, I did yell that)
    My question of the day is… I’m writing a book and blog with my bestie. The general gist of both holds gems and information regarding spiritual and energetic healing as well tips/thoughts/suggestions on how to simply be a good human being. What`s my snag? Probably about 95% of the knowledge and teachings we’ve received have come from hands on experience and one-on-one (informal) teachings from numerous sources; they did not come from designated schools, programs, or courses therefore we do not have certifications or degrees. Sooooooooooo… What would be the best way to go about writing a bio that does not discredit either of us, our practices, our methods, or our teachings because we do not have a certificate from a formal or informal institution? I want to write something that garners confidence and will attract people who are looking for help and ideas, not have people shy away because of the lack of accreditation.
    Thank you so very much for your help! Have a wonderful afternoon! 🙂

    • Dave Chesson on June 22, 2019 at 6:28 am

      Awesome and glad you like it. As for your question, focus on the amount of years you’ve spent in the field or gaining your experience. Talk about your passion and drive and any details about things that would show that you aren’t just a casual observer or practicer…but are dedicated to the arts of it. That goes a long way!

  5. havee on February 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Nice and useful information. Thank you

    • Dave Chesson on February 7, 2019 at 1:43 am

      No problem and glad you liked it.

  6. David Connon on January 22, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you, Dave Chesson, for a very interesting article about writing an author bio.

    • Dave Chesson on January 22, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      No problem David (great name), glad to help.

  7. O.E. Cibrario on October 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I cannot understad something about the suggestion that a lot of people give: “Write the author page in third person.” is not a bit weird and maybe ridiculous that as indie with just one book published and not editor we writes in third person istead of first person? What do you think? Could we just go with first person if we avoid many accomplishments and accolades? Can I have your opinion on this? Thanks

    • Dave Chesson on October 22, 2018 at 2:53 am

      There is always a way to be creative. If you can rock that style with a uniqueness and not come across as pretentious or any other self inflicting vice, then go for it. However, you’ve probably noticed that when picking up a professionally done book by a top publisher, all bios are in the third person.

  8. ShantiGirl on September 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    How does all this change when It is the first novel you’ve ever published? Augh, writing the book was much easier than this! Also, how does one contact an experienced author to ask if they will write a blurb for your book?

  9. Hannah Oyebanji on August 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Dave, this article has really been insightful. I am in the process of writing my authors Bio and I need to send it to my Publisher. Can you possibly have a look for me and advice better. Thank you. My book is on Dating Relationships.Hannah Fabiyi is an insightful speaker and writer with years of professional practice as a lawyer, mentor and social work experience. She also writes and performs spoken work poetry on relationships across the country. With a keen interest in personal empowerment, she works with a certified John Maxwell Coach in empowering people around the world. She started The Intentional Relationships Blog in 2016 where she writes and inspires her readers on love, dating, singleness, personal empowerment and purposeful living. Her mission is to empower her generation to build intentional dating relationships and lead purposeful lives. Hannah is happily married to her number one fan, best friend and absolute teammate, Dr. Ade Fabiyi and they pursue intentional relationships together.

    • Dave Chesson on August 22, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Hannah. Most of it is great, however, I’d rework the last sentence a bit. Also, the first sentence and second (partially) do not specifically speak about the love/dating relationship authority. I’d start with something inline with the authority in the subject, and your mission.

      • Hannah Oyebanji on August 23, 2018 at 12:21 am

        Fantastic! Thank you for the prompt reply.

        • Dave Chesson on August 23, 2018 at 1:55 am

          Awesome and glad to have helped

  10. Kristýna Koryťáková on February 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Hello, I am a bit lost on this whole Author Bio thing. I read plenty of articles about how to make your introduction to the readers to make them interested in what you have to offer, but I am not exactly sure how to apply the gathered tips to my case.
    I am a novice author of novel, previously unpublished with no awards, degree or overall experience with writing. The story is a romance drama fiction unrelated to my life or my own experiences, takes place somewhere I’d never been, and describes a special sort of a relationship I had never been a part of. If I cannot really relate to the story or the characters, what do I put in the bio?

    • nadia mathews on May 6, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Great article Dave!! Kristina I would start with building your bio with info about yourself. Kristina is a ” ” ”- native writer. Her freshmen ‘s novel about ” ” ” ” ”- was inspired by ” ” ” ” ”-. I ‘d include any reviews or buzzwords that people have said about you or your brand. I hope this helps! Also actively participate on social media and blogging will also help build your author brand. Spend the time on building your online presence. It ‘s key to exposing your audience to your book.

      • Yash Srivastav on December 5, 2018 at 10:31 am

        thank you ma’am for such a great idea it helped me too….

      • disqus_bzlEAfPc86 on December 22, 2018 at 7:58 am

        nadia_mathews I do not agree

  11. Matt on February 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    so happy coming to this site. This article has helped me greatly. But will need you to look at mine so you can advice better.

    • Dave Chesson on February 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Matt. Super glad to help out. Post it below once you’ve got yours. As you’ll see, I’m pretty approachable and love answering questions here because other readers can read that too 🙂

      • Matt on February 7, 2018 at 10:05 am

        thank you for your response. see below.ABOUT THE AUTHORMatthew Dickson is a brother who loves Jesus, with
        passion to see souls saved at all cost and believers established in their place
        in Christ Jesus. He was once the NCCF (Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship)
        President, Lagos State Chapter. He has held revival meetings in several places
        and as well in university Campuses. He has also written and distributed tracts
        on soul winning. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Kauna, and they
        are blessed with two children, Matthew Lemuel and Benny.

        • Dave Chesson on February 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm

          Assuming your books are about Christianity and Faith, then yes. But I’d recommend going one step further, and perhaps tell a little personal and thus, relatable, story about how YOU came to Christ. There is a way to make this bio not seem as….rigid like. But do not go too far off.

          • Matt on February 7, 2018 at 11:28 pm

            Thank you for your response Dave, will appreciate if you can give me a little sample or sketch. I will be submitting my work by the weekend. Thanks in anticipation.



          • Dave Chesson on February 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

            Well, something like “Matt knows what It is like not to have Christ in your heart. (sentence or two story on how you were down and out, but came to christ).When thinking about purchasing a book on Christian teaching, there are two things I’d want to know about the author – are they qualified to be a teacher of this, and are they relatable.



          • Matt on February 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

            hmm, this is quite insightful. Thanks a million this is a great guide. You are the Best Dave.



  12. Matt on February 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    so happy coming to this site. This article has helped me greatly. But will need you to look at mine so you can advice better.

    • Dave Chesson on February 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Matt. Super glad to help out. Post it below once you’ve got yours. As you’ll see, I’m pretty approachable and love answering questions here because other readers can read that too 🙂

      • Matt on February 7, 2018 at 10:05 am

        thank you for your response. see below.

        ABOUT THE AUTHOR

        Matthew Dickson is a brother who loves Jesus, with
        passion to see souls saved at all cost and believers established in their place
        in Christ Jesus. He was once the NCCF (Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship)
        President, Lagos State Chapter. He has held revival meetings in several places
        and as well in university Campuses. He has also written and distributed tracts
        on soul winning. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Kauna, and they
        are blessed with two children, Matthew Lemuel and Benny.

        • Dave Chesson on February 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm

          Assuming your books are about Christianity and Faith, then yes. But I’d recommend going one step further, and perhaps tell a little personal and thus, relatable, story about how YOU came to Christ. There’s a way to make this bio not seem as….rigid like. But don’t go too far off.

          • Matt on February 7, 2018 at 11:28 pm

            Thank you for your response Dave, will appreciate if you can give me a little sample or sketch. I will be submitting my work by the weekend. Thanks in anticipation.



          • Dave Chesson on February 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

            Well, something like “Matt knows what it’s like not to have Christ in your heart. (sentence or two story on how you were down and out, but came to christ).

            When thinking about purchasing a book on Christian teaching, there are two things I’d want to know about the author – are they qualified to be a teacher of this, and are they relatable.



  13. Michael Hartmann on January 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Great article – I’m feel very blessed that I found it today! I’m in the process of self-publishing my first book. Would you mind giving some feedback on the following first-crack at my “About the Author” paragraph?Mike Hartmann never learned to memorize scripture while growing up. It was only after being inspired to commit a single, impactful verse to memory at the age of 33 was he inspired to utilize a simple method to commit dozens of verses (and even an entire chapter) of the Bible to memory. If you ever wish you could recite scripture from memory and readily apply that wisdom throughout your daily life, than this book is for you. Regardless of age, even if you ‘ve never done so before, the technique and verses captured in this book are sure to make a positive, lasting impact in your life. Mike has been a popular keynote speaker at numerous entrepreneurial conferences, quickly building rapport with audiences through his unique combination of light hearted humor and enthusiasm. Visit him at 52Verses.com.PS: I own 52Verses.com, but the site is not up and running yet. . .Thanks!

    • Dave Chesson on January 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Michael, this is great, but Here is a suggestions:
      In the middle you talk about this book helping….instead, remove that and say it through the people you’ve touched through your speaking. So, something like this:Mike has been a popular keynote speaker at numerous entrepreneurial conferences, Through his teaching and professional guidance, he`s helped thousands of people who did not think it possible to know, understand, and memorize bible verses do it with ease. Quickly building rapport with audiences through his unique combination of light hearted humor and enthusiasm, they’ve learned….and you can too wihtout having to see him at his next speaking event. This book will do the trick.Now, the above was just quickly put together to show my point and please do not use the above, it was poorly written, but you can use your speaking to create legit testimony of how your teaching has helped others and it will help you (the reader) too.

      • Michael Hartmann on January 25, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        Excellent suggestions & I wholeheartedly appreciate the prompt reply!

        • Dave Chesson on January 25, 2018 at 8:47 pm

          Awesome and best of luck!

  14. Michael Hartmann on January 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Great article – I’m feel very blessed that I found it today! I’m in the process of self-publishing my first book. Would you mind giving some feedback on the following first-crack at my “About the Author” paragraph?

    • Dave Chesson on January 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Michael, this is great, but here’s a suggestions:
      In the middle you talk about this book helping….instead, remove that and say it through the people you’ve touched through your speaking. So, something like this:

      Mike has been a popular keynote speaker at numerous entrepreneurial conferences, Through his teaching and professional guidance, he’s helped thousands of people who didn’t think it possible to know, understand, and memorize bible verses do it with ease. Quickly building rapport with audiences through his unique combination of light hearted humor and enthusiasm, they’ve learned….and you can too wihtout having to see him at his next speaking event. This book will do the trick.

      Now, the above was just quickly put together to show my point and please don’t use the above, it was poorly written, but you can use your speaking to create legit testimony of how your teaching has helped others and it will help you (the reader) too.

      • Michael Hartmann on January 25, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        Excellent suggestions & I wholeheartedly appreciate the prompt reply!

  15. Highlander Harry on August 17, 2017 at 6:48 am

    And yes… Dave…. Can u just check my author bio…. I need to send it to my publisher…

    Harsh Wardhan Pande was born in Bombay. He has been writing poetry and articles since his early childhood days, many of which got published in local books and journals.
    He is a die hard adrenaline junkie and when not racing cars and jumping from aeroplanes, he takes time to save his country with his horse and steed being from a Cavalry Regiment.
    ‘The Military Chronicles ‘ is his debut novel. It happens to be the Part-1 of ‘The Army Trilogy’, a set of three books based on his first hand experiences in the Indian Army. This book shows how a normal happy go lucky boy gradually transforms into a true Cavalier!

    Is this ok? Or should I add or delete something… please advise!

    A million thanks in anticipation…
    Regards

    • Malcom Flex on September 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Too long

    • Dave Chesson on September 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      I think you should start with: Harsh Wardhan is a die hard adrenaline junkie and when not racing elite cars or….This is because a reader of your book doesn’t care where you’re born – start with something that identifies YOU with what they just read.

  16. Highlander Harry on August 17, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Was planning to write an author bio for my new book. Was totally disgusted as my pen kept floundering but Lo and behold, I found u …. thanks Dave… lovely article with all details required… sitting down now to pen my author bio…?

  17. Stephanie Weathers on May 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    dave I truly need help with my authors bio

  18. Richard Farley on April 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Another great article.

    Like many folks I never gave much thought to the author bio, but this article has opened my eyes. Writing in the third person without it sounding like a resume is challenging. This “old dog” has some new tricks to learn.

    • Dave Chesson on April 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Yeah, I’ve found that the best ones fit your book…or truly fit your personality.

  19. Elena on March 31, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Wonderful article, really useful one.
    Thank you Dave!
    And thanks for all support you provide on your site.

    • Dave Chesson on March 31, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Awe shucks…thanks! that really does make my day and glad kindlepreneur has helped.

  20. Francesca Diane Moody on February 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve always struggled with writing author bios. I can write about a character/plot all day long. Writing about myself… yeah that’s a little more difficult. This post definitely helps.

    • Dave Chesson on March 1, 2017 at 2:23 am

      Awesome Francesca….it’s so true..but it’s also a very vital step. Good luck!

  21. Effrosyni Moschoudi on January 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Great post, thank you, Dave. Loved to see another vid in the notification email, too. Keep them coming! I love getting informed and entertained at the same time. I’ve told you before, I know, but you rock, dude!

    • Dave Chesson on January 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Effrosyni! That means a lot to hear. I think the videos will get better and better…I’m learning so much each time and hopefully will get more into the ‘stride’ of things as it becomes easier. My daughter and I will be shooting a funny commercial style one in a Starbucks soon.

      • Effrosyni Moschoudi on January 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        Sounds cool! Can’t wait 🙂

  22. Chris Brooks on January 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Another great post Dave – I’ll be sharing it on my main FB author group 🙂

    • Dave Chesson on January 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Awesome Chris. Yeah, Mish did an incredible job with this one and was happy when she said yes since I’ve seen first hand her professional work.

  23. Joe Donnalley on January 19, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Great article Mish. The examples were really helpful too.

    I haven’t written any Author Bio’s for my three Pen Names. I have no idea how to approach this problem either. I agree a bio for each Pen Name would help connect with my readers so, do I write three fictional author bio’s? And, I’m not adding more Pen Names because of all the work in managing their identities — lesson learned.

  24. Texas Patriot on January 18, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I would like to see how the About section of an author’s web site might differ from the official book “About The Author” blurb…

    • Dave Chesson on January 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      With regards to websites, the About “Page” can allow for much more coverage and a lot more words. The person has gone to your website, and actively pursued your About Page. They really do want to dig in and learn more about you. Plus, you write it to cover all of your writing or focus.

      As for a book blurb, its more of a “I stumbled upon this page and am reading it.” So it’s more important to a) keep it shorter and b) ensure it stays inline with ‘that’ book and not so much about your entire writing style (incase genres or style is different).

      My blurb at the top is short because…well, there isn’t much real estate up there adn hopefully it conveys its meaning quickly.

  25. Texas Patriot on January 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Great article…and I like the Chesson bio at the end, too.

    • Dave Chesson on January 18, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Yeah, Mish nailed it! About the bio, thanks! My wife still rolls her eyes every time she reads that bio – still can’t believe I published it. Hahaha.

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