Not too long ago, I decided to update my author bio. Being that it can be found in several locations—Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, etc.—I guess it’s a good idea to keep it up to date. Naturally, I had to go back and read what I had written before. How can I put this delicately? Hmm . . . it made me want to puke, just one of the many mistakes I made starting out. Brand new authors have this belief—misconception really—that their stuff needs to read like it came from a big publishing house. The longer I trudge along as an Indie author, the more I realize this isn’t necessarily the case. So, here they are, kiddies, today’s words of wisdom—be authentic, be real, be yourself! Following my own advice, I’ve rewritten my own bio (which makes it autobio, but who cares?). Here is the new, improved version:
Author bio is supposed to sound like it was written by some magical PR genius, right? It’s supposed to make the author sound intelligent, interesting, but most importantly, it’s supposed to sound like the author didn’t write it. Well, let’s be honest, I’m one of the hundreds, nay, thousands, of Indie authors operating as a one-woman show. I don’t mean to brag, but I literally do it all: I write, I create book covers, I format my own books . . . and, admittedly, I write my own bio. So, here it is (in first-person, in a relatively concise fashion): I have a day job at which I ingest ridiculous amounts of coffee and leave a lasting mark on the brains of teenagers (scary), and I don’t discuss my moonlighting—writing contemporary, Southern, erotic, romantic comedy. Sometimes I think I remember what my sweet husband looks like, but I’m not one hundred percent sure. I’m Indie by choice and likely to remain that way (mainly because I’m stubborn and curse like a sailor). And I often start sentences with coordinating conjunctions . . . on purpose. So, if you’re feelin’ froggy, have a go at one of my books, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.