First of all, Elana Johnson is the shiznit. Please do yourself a great favor and visit her blog and website for advice on writing and publishing. She's a pocket of information by breaking things down into small words that even I could wrap my head around.
She recently re-tweeted an article of hers dealing with writing your author bio for her gig at QueryTracker's blog (another excellent resource) and since I've been futzing around with mine for the last.... month on the the blog, I thought I'd try some of her tips for both websites and in the dreaded query.
Highlights (my interpretation):
- Use your voice. Agents and visitors want to get to know your style, here's a fine way of shaking your bad thing without it resulting in a restraining order.
- Reign in some of your awesomeness the minute you find yourself detailing every.bit.of.your.life. Leave that for your personal blog unless it pertains to your work so keep it brief!
- Read other bios of authors you enjoy. It can give you ideas on what an effective bio should sound like.