The Internet has made submissions a lot more informal than “the old days” when we were submitting to the print media. However, there are still some sites that ask for many of the same things that we had to do years ago. One of those things is to include an author’s bio in each submission.
I did something similar to this last year and was stumped by the lack of submissions. I always thought that everybody wanted to talk about themselves and it turned out that very few did. For some reason a lot of writers seem to be ashamed or embarrassed to admit they’re writers.
We’re going to change that!
You’ve just published your first hardcover book. When a potential reader picks it up and reads your bio, what is that reader going to learn about you?
This Week’s Challenge:
Write the bio you want to see on the dust jacket of your next published book. Your publisher will specify the length but, for our purposes, you have three paragraphs with no more than one hundred words in each paragraph. If it’s a book of poetry, it would make perfect sense to write the bio in poetry and you have only three stanzas with no more than ten lines in each stanza.
You only have a few paragraphs to tell people who you are, why you wrote this book, what makes you the right person to have written it, and why the reader should buy it — make every word count.
Watch Out For:
Do not thank anyone for his or her inspiration. That belongs in the preface.
Do not talk about how your family supports you in your writing aspirations.
Never say that your child/spouse/friend read your work and loved it.
Great responses this week and I’ll ask that you read each of the following. Remember, your post might be listed next week and you’ll probably appreciate these same people reading your work.
Happy Easter from an old Easter Bunny. (SatWE) by Ms Lee P.
I didn’t give up on love. By karen vaughan
Open Doors (Saturday Writing Essential) — My dungeon by Pam Brittain
Opening that Door (Saturday Writing Essential) by Len Maxwell
Saturday Writing essentials by Dave M.
Timeless Changes : Saturday Writing Essentials: Open Doors: Changes by William Dotani
Submissions to Previous Challenges:
William Dotani hates to admit that he’s a science fiction writer, but this past week he proved otherwise with these three posts.
Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Write the bio you want to see on the dust jacket of your next published book. Your publisher will specify the length but, for our purposes, you have three paragraphs with no more than one hundred words in each paragraph. If it’s a book of poetry, it would make perfect sense to write the bio in poetry and you have only three stanzas with no more than ten lines in each stanza.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.