If you’re a writer working on a nonfiction book proposal, the about the author section can be the most difficult to write. Not because you don’t have any credentials, but because you don’t know how to write about them.

Remember, this is not the time to be modest! Make your credentials, experience and expert status wow the editor who reads your book proposal. Present your professional bio so that the editor knows you’re an author who commands respect and credibility.

  • Pull out the big guns. All your credentials related to your subject matter should be included. Remember that you’re trying to persuade an agent or editor (or reader, for that matter!) that you’re the right person to write this book.
  • Write a narrative – don’t give a dry recitation of facts or a bullet list of employment titles. Engage your reader by telling a story.
  • Keep the resume to yourself. A professional biography is not an employment resume!
  • Make it reflect you – if you’ve got a fun sense of humor, your bio should reveal that.
  • Use third person to write about yourself – it’s much easier and it doesn’t sound like you’re stuck on yourself.
  • Hobbies add dimension to your bio, but don’t say, “In her spare time, Julie likes to lawn bowl and skeet shoot.” Say, “A sharpshooter on the skeet-shooting range (watch out, clay pigeons!), Julie is also a threat on the lawn as the highest scoring bowler in the Binghamton Ladies’ Lawn Bowling Association.”