How To Write Your Author Bio

An authors bio tells a lot about them. At Book Works there are some handy tips indie authors can use to help make their author bio just right.

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Indie Authors Need to Highlight Themselves

When people read your book, they read you.

When I read a book, I seek out the “about the author” page. Many one-paragraph author bios are not especially enlightening or entertaining, and I don’t expect a full scale memoir, but even the briefest can tell me something about the author’s relationship to the book, and sometimes give me a reason to search out their other titles.

Consider offering the reader more than just the usual name, city of residence, occupation and when you started writing.

In one blog post, writer TA Sullivan recounted waffling about whether to write a bio for her own book, then reflected how she scanned the bios of other writers as she chose books at a store or library. “Nowadays, I still check out the author’s bio when looking for a book to read. Clever bios, witty bios, or even sincere bios can help me connect with the author, which then makes taking a chance on their book seem not quite so chancy. An author’s bio can help remind the readers that you (the author) are a person, too,” she said.

Her point has statistical backup at Smashwords. The giant ebook distributor said on its website, “In 2011 when we surveyed ebook buyers and asked them their most common decision factor that guided how they discover and purchase books, the #2 answer, accounting for 18% of respondents, was that they first look for books from their favorite authors. This speaks to the importance of author as brand. Your “brand” is what you represent to your readers, and how your readers perceive you and your ability to write great stories.” READ MORE HERE.

How To Start A Newsletter

If you’re wanting to start sending out a newsletter to your followers and you’re not sure where to start Author’s Atlas has some great steps and how to images to get you started.

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At the conferences I’ve attended, in blog posts I’ve read, and on podcasts I listen to (like the Self-Publishing Round Table), I’ve heard over and over that having a mailing list is absolutely vital for selling books.  Chances are, you’ve heard this same advice, so you might be wondering, HOW do I set up a mailing list?

Mailing List Providers

There are many different mailing list providers. Here’s a great comparison chart on WeRockYourWeb.com that you can use to compare and decide which one will be right for your needs.

Mail Chimp

The provider that I use for the Author’s Atlas newsletter and that I recommend to all of my Author Rx clients is Mail Chimp. The number one reason I recommend Mail Chimp is because it’s free until you get over 2,000 email addresses on your mailing list.  If you’re an author just starting out, it may take you several books to build up this many subscribers.  Depending on quickly you write, you may be below the 2,000 subscriber mark for a couple of years and you’ll save money by avoiding a subscription plan in the beginning. READ MORE HERE.

Great Tips for Backstory in Your Novel

Writing the backstory for your character can be a bit tricky. You never want to be too wordy. Telling the story of your character should be smooth and effortless. Of course, that is not the case with my writing which is why a lot of revision is necessary. Author Paul Bishop at Venture Galleries has some great tips for creating backstory for your characters. Stop by for a visit.

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Back Story (Parker novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you do about the back story?

MY FIRST NOVEL (Shroud of Vengeance) was part of an ongoing adult western series (think Louis LAmour with sex scenes) featuring a character named Diamondback. The editor gave me the bible for the series providing the limited information needed as part of the characters backstory: Diamondback got his nickname after being the victim of a horrible whipping, he is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, he wanders the west acting as a traveling judge settling disputes between outlaws and he is very, very popular with the ladies.

It was pretty simple to include this information as part of the ongoing series of books, which could be read in any order without any intrusive information dumps or large chunks of narrative explanation. Drop the nickname on the first page, show his scars when he takes off his shirt for the first sex scene, and tie the plot into a dispute between dangerous outlaws for Diamondback to settle. With series of this type, the main character remains static. There are no consequences or character arcs to carry over from one book to the next. READ MORE HERE.

Tips To Keep You Writing During The Summer

It’s difficult to stay focused during the summer season with your writing. Writers will be interrupted multiple times from vacations, the kids being home and with the warm weather you may want to be outside. Books & Such Literary Management has provided 6 helpful tips for writers to help keep you moving your writing forward during the summer.

Summer Tips: What’s a Writer to Do?

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Filling in for Janet Grant who is at the International Christian Retailer’s Show in Orlando, Florida.

Summer’s here and if you’re a writer with children, visitors, spouses, or other interruptions, how are you supposed to keep working on your manuscript?

Continue writing your project, of course, but there are other things you could do with your family around to keep your moving toward “the end.”

Six tips for writers in the summer. READ MORE HERE!

More Free Resources For Self Published Authors

You can never have too many resources for writing. I have found some more for your review. Some of these may have been shared here before, but perhaps you would like to see them again. Check out Indies Unlimited for resources all writers could use.

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English: A “one free internet” coupon. To be given to winrars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Free Online Resources for Self-Publishers

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ust over a year ago I wrote a post highlighting some free online resources for writers. Since that time, I’ve discovered even more wonderful free resources for photos, music, backgrounds, fonts, and more, so it’s definitely time for an update.

Each site has a section regarding licensing, which needs to be read prior to downloading and using content. Some sites don’t require any attribution, but some do, so make sure to read the fine print.

Links to all the various sites won’t be included in this post, because minions can get into trouble with Google for posting too many scammy-looking links. But at the bottom of this post will be a link to one of Indies Unlimited’s fabulous resource pages, where you can find links to all the sites mentioned. READ MORE HERE.