Writing Your Biography as an Author

As a new author, it can be daunting at times to write your own biography. It is often easier to write about someone else. Even for a seasoned professional, writing your own biography can be tough. It is hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone else and write about yourself.

Having a biography is essential as an author. Whether you are a new author or a veteran, it is important to have a professionally written biography that you can share with your audience. You will also want to have this bio in different lengths and also different styles to fit the format where it will be displayed.

Getting your author biography ready is an important part of your author marketing and book promotion preparation. It is information you will want to also include in your media kit that you give out to journalists, bloggers and other influencers in the media who can help spread the word about your book.

At the basic level, you will want two biographies ready - a short one that you can post on social media outlets and a medium-length one (one to two paragraphs) that you can share on your website, blog or send via email.

For a complete biography, you will want more description that can fill up to two pages that contains information such as your education, background, any awards or recognition, links to media and or interviews, positive book reviews and complete contact information. You will also want to have a one-sheet credentials page that lists your achievements and education for easy access. Getting these aspects ready can make a huge difference when you are pitching your book to be included in a TV or radio spot or in a blog or other online avenue.

We can help you develop your author biography so that you put your best foot forward. Explore our author promotion packages. One of our editors will meet with you on the phone to discuss your goals and learn about you for a one-hour consultation. We will collect necessary background information that you provide and want to use to promote your brand. We will do research in your industry to better understand your audience. Then we'll carefully craft a biography for you in various lengths to engage your audience across multiple formats. 

Book Events and Associations for Authors

Below is a list of book events for authors held throughout the year.

All Book-Related Events
    •    American Library Association Annual
    •    American Library Association Midwinter
    •    ASJA Writers Conference (4/24-4/26)
    •    Association of College and Research Libraries
    •    Baltimore Book Festival
    •    Beijing International Book Fair
    •    Bologna Book Fair
    •    BookExpo America (5/29-5/31)
    •    BookExpo America **New Title Showcase**
    •    Calif. Library / Calif. School Library Assns.
    •    Collingswood Book Festival
    •    Connecticut Library Association
    •    Florida Library Association
    •    Frankfurt International Book Fair
    •    Greenleaf Author Summit
    •    Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
    •    London Book Fair
    •    Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    •    Miami Book Fair
    •    Michigan Library Association
    •    Michigan Reading Association
    •    National Education Association
    •    National Speakers Association Convention
    •    New England Library Association
    •    New Jersey Library Association
    •    New York Library Association
    •    New York State Reading Association
    •    Pennsylvania Library Association
    •    Self-Publishing Book Expo
    •    Texas Library Association

Below is a list of Book Associations for Authors that can be useful to join as an author:

The Independent Book Publishers Association:
A trade association of independent publishers founded in 1983, IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association consists of book, audio and video publishers located in the United States and around the world. Its mission is to advance the professional interests of independent publishers. To this end, IBPA provides cooperative marketing programs, education and advocacy within the publishing industry. Visit their website.

National Speaker’s Association:
The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and speaking profession. NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Visit their website.

Small Publishers Association of America:
The Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) is committed to supporting authors and independent publishers as a nonprofit trade association. Their mission is to build successful writing and publishing businesses. SPAN’s promise is to provide benefits to their members that will help sell more books, make more money and raise their standing as experts in their field. Visit their website.

Novelists, Inc.:
A resource for novelists that have published two or more books, this organization offers a newsletter, networking opportunities, digital networking opportunities, discounts and more for their members. Visit their website.

Association of Independent Authors: 
The Association of Independent Authors is a membership organization that supports independent authors that spans across five continents including North America, Asia, Australia, and South Africa. Visit their website.