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  1. Laurie says:

    Hi Trish and Craig,

    Thanks for your comments and question — I hear ‘ya! Getting experience so you can write a solid author bio is tough.

    I wrote this article for you:


    I hope it helps – and wish you all the best as you embark on your exciting freelancing career 🙂


  2. Trish says:

    Hi Laurie!
    Just stumbled upon your blog today while sitting here wondering what I can charge once I have proven myself with my “gratis” article that I have been asked to write for a new magazine. Freelance writing sounds like the perfect career to me and I love that you make it out to be so doable. Like Craig, I was wondering what I can put in my bio as I don’t have any published experience as yet. I have a blog but it isn’t quite ready for release to the public yet! Thanks for your help 🙂

  3. craig says:

    What if someone has no credentials, hasn’t written anything impressive, missed out on a education?
    What if this person has just a obsessive desire, learning as much as he can, and practice with every comment he leaves?

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Glad these tips for writing an author bio were helpful – thanks for letting me know!

  5. Thank you so very much for this aticle! Well done… I’m rewriting my writer-editor bio and found the tips extremely useful.

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments….I’ve just re-read this article and realized that both my long and my short author bios have changed dramatically! And I’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years.

    It’s time to write a new article about writing author bios 🙂

  7. Paul says:

    So simply laid out. I just loved it. Great advice that I plan to do… and don’t do! Thanks!

  8. Laurie PK says:

    Great tips — thanks Meryl and Ben!

    I’ve never really felt like I was bragging when I mentioned my writing credits, but I can totally see how writers feel that way. I think like Meryl: your author bio is a chance for you to “prove” your credentials — and to gain the confidence and respect of readers and editors.

    I don’t change my bio to suit the magazine, but I should. That’s great advice, Ben.

    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..A Top 10 Writing Blog – Quips and Tips for Successful Writers =-.

  9. Meryl K Evans says:

    In the early days, I used to fret about this because I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging … but I know I needed to provide proof that I had decent credentials. Your advice is right on target, Laurie. Thank you.
    .-= Meryl K Evans´s last blog post ..10 Commandments for Writers Using Social Media =-.

  10. Ben Angel says:

    Fantastic advice. I’ve just written a book called, ‘Sleeping Your Way to The Top in Business – The Ultimate Guide to Attracting & Seducing More Customers.”

    I find that whenever I contribute to a magazine my bio always changes, even if it is ever so slightly. I feel it’s incredibly important to aim it towards your target market, i.e. the magazines readership base.

    Thanks for the article. 🙂

  11. Laurie PK says:

    These are great tips for writing an author bio — thanks Ami!

    I like the idea of thinking of our writing credentials and achievements as facts…not something to be embarrassed about. Successful writers need to accept and share their achievements without fear or shame. We work hard!
    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..Writing Careers – Jobs for Magazine Staff Writers and Editors =-.

  12. Ami says:

    Thanks for the great advice. I found writing bios to be difficult until I started keeping a running list of achievements, publications, etc., along with previously written “bio blurbs”. That way when I need a bio, I can go to this document and mix and match based on the publication or publisher’s needs. My credentials and achievements are right in front of me so that I can’t deny them or get modest about them, and I’ve already got basic bios to work from.
    .-= Ami´s last blog post ..Review: You’ve Found Your Specialty – Now What? =-.

  13. I see too many author bios that say cutesy things about the pets in the household. I don’t know why anyone thinks this is a good idea.

  14. Mom says:

    Your children might be a successful writer someday. Enrolling them in a writing school will help improve their writing skills making it useful as they grow in school.

  15. Tumblemoose says:

    Sage advice Laurie. A bio is an excellent opportunity for an author. If it is presented as an option, take full advantage.

    Often times we scribes are hesitant to blow our own horns. We need to get over that and promote ourselves whenever possible.

    .-= Tumblemoose´s last blog post ..Dear Writer, This Is The Wall. You Have Hit Me. What Now? =-.

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