Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What’s in a Bio?

Got your killer query all set to go? Have your synopsis and sample chapters all prepped? But wait…the agent you’re submitting to wants a bio too?

A bio or cover letter frequently comes up when submitting to agents and editors, but crafting it can be a little tricky. Basically, it’s your chance to tell all about yourself in a single page, both identifying why you’re the perfect author to tell the story you’ve written and also to flash the spotlight on any previously published works of yours. Needless to say, I certainly find it challenging to boil my life down into a few paragraphs while making it pertinent to the agent at hand.

So how have you crafted your bios in the past? What formatting do you use on your cover letters? What should you definitely put in and what should you absolutely leave out?