The very first thing you have to decide is: are you writing this bio because you are going to speak somewhere, you need a bio for your website, or to add to an article about your upcoming book signing or release?
If the bio is for a speaking engagement, you don't want it more than 2 or 3 sentences.
For an article, book signing, or press release, one paragraph 3-5 sentences is about right.
A bio for your website can be 3 or 4 SHORT paragraphs.
Always write a bio in third person. Like someone else has written it about you, using your name in place of I. Use your full name the first time, after that it's up to you whether you want to use your first name or your last name.
- first names are friendly and informal
- last names are formal and more distant
- consider where the bio will be used to determine which usage is best
- whatever you decide on, keep it consistent in that bio
Briefly highlight your main acheivements as they relate to the usage of the bio. Your achievements demonstrate your credibility. Don't over kill with a list like a resume. Only cover the high points.
A bio should address four points;
- who you are
- your expertise
- how your expertise relates to the usage of the bio
- contact information
Personal information is optional. Let your personality show. Bios don't have to be boring.
And that's what I've learned about writing bios and to tell the truth- I was going to post one of my bios and they are all too long! LOL So you see even while I used this information, I didn't follow the directions very well.
When was the last time you needed a bio and were you long winded?