How To Create An Author Bio To Blow Your Readers Away + HUGE CHANGES

We live in the age of the world-wide-web, where you can meet a dozen new people a day if you want. You can get in touch with people who share your interests and even with people who live on the other side of the planet.

And, especially as bloggers, we have to introduce ourselves so. many. times.

First impressions are important. It’s like a sales pitch for yourself AND your writing. You only have several moments to introduce yourself to your audience, and it may factor in whether they leave or stay. It could mean a world of difference to your stats or sales.

So, what exactly makes a great bio?

I’ve broken down the fundamental parts to a great bio that will pull readers in and give them a reason to stay with you, whether on your blog or the back cover of your book!

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There are two basic versions of bios that you’ll need in the blogging and writing world, and each has its own way of making you look like The Most Interesting Person Ever™.

Version #1: At-A-Glance Greeting

This is the first impression. You’ve only got a 150-or-so words to get your point across, and you’ve got to give your life a description. These are mostly used on the sidebar of your blog as a quick hello-and-welcome, or even the bio you use around the internet. It’s short, but really important.

A lot of pressure, yeah? Don’t worry, I feel it too 😉

Here’s my short bio:

I’m Abby Franklin – impending novelist, graphic designer, and ninja fanatic! My passion is to inspire young creatives like me to follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it. Posting encouragement every Friday on whenwordsfly.com.

We’re going to dissect this bio and explain why each part is important. And, unlike the frogs in science class, the dissection won’t make you gag.

haha see what I did there??

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1. YOUR NAME (I’m Abby Franklin)

This is important, especially if your blog isn’t named after yourself. When people see your bio, they see your name along with it and remember it better.

2. WHO YOU ARE (impending novelist, graphic designer, and ninja fanatic!)

We all do this ‘rule of thirds’ thing on our bios. We want people to know who we are, what we do. Most people slap on the top three things they are, like ‘writer, blogger, and child of God.’ Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about saying you’re a child of God! It’s just… extremely overused.

You want to stand out, don’t you? Of course! So don’t just write down the first three things that you do! Get creative. It took a long time to think of just the right descriptions I wanted. Like, who else in their first meeting claims to be a ‘impending novelist’… or a ninja enthusiast?? It makes me unique, memorable.

Remember not to sacrifice unique for who you are, though 🙂

3. WHO YOUR AUDIENCE IS (My passion is to inspire young creatives like me)

Who are you writing for? Look at your niche and think about who that niche caters to.

Mine holds a lot of writers, bloggers, and creative people. Book bloggers often have a bounty of book-lovers (obviously), artists, and reviewers. Parenting blogs are for young parents (even more obviously).

Do a bit of observing, and you’ll find your audience.

4. WHAT YOU’RE DOING FOR THEM (to follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it.)

Your readers know who they are. Now, what are you giving them?

I know this seems like a broad question – and a hard one, at that – but what’s the reason behind what you write? Are you blogging to give advice? Encouragement? Funny snippets from your life?

5. HOW (Posting encouragement)

How are you giving them that? I just put posting because it made sense to me, but there are a bunch of ways you could tell everyone how you do what you do.

6. WHERE (every Friday on whenwordsfly.com)

This is definitely optional; I like having my blog address in my bio since I typically use the same one all over the internet and on my Gravatar account.

Put it all together, and…

I’m Abby Franklin – impending novelist, graphic designer, and ninja fanatic! My passion is to inspire young creatives like me to follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it. Posting encouragement every Friday on whenwordsfly.com.

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For another example, I really, really love Abbie Emmons’ version of the at-a-glance. It fits all of the topics and gives a clear definition of what she and her blog are all about!

My name is Abbie Emmons and I’m a musician, writer, traveler, dreamer, YouTuber, and professional waffle-eater. I love to help creative, multi-talented people chase their dreams by making a living doing something they love.

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Version #2: 1-Minute Introduction

This version was written to be used on a blog, but it can be easily changed to fit in the back flap of a book (you know, where the author bio goes!). It’s also useful for those sites where they ask you to make a short bio about yourself and you have absolutely no idea what to put.

I personally shortened it a little and used as a part of my sidebar bio 🙂

Hello, my friend! I’m so glad you found When Words Fly!

My name’s Abby Franklin. I’ve been composing stories as far back as I can remember and bringing them to life since 2016. My passion is to inspire young creative people like me follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it!

You can always find me petting kitty cats, being onstage, spending time with Jesus, or pretending to be a ninja!

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1. GREETING (Hello, my friend! I’m so glad you found When Words Fly!)

(you might want to skip this part in a book-flap bio… unless, you know, you like it 🙂 )

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the feeling of personally inviting your readers in. It’s like they just arrived at your door, sort of clueless, and you’re ready to greet them with a warm smile.

2. YOUR NAME (My name’s Abby Franklin.)

When you meet a new person and they tell you their name, you’re supposed to repeat their name back; it’ll help you remember. But wouldn’t it be better (especially as a visual person) to be able to see a new person’s name?

Names are important – yes, I’ve said important way too many times, but really! Don’t you hate when you have to go to the About page again to remember somebody’s name?

3. YOUR HISTORY (I’ve been composing stories as far back as I can remember and bringing them to life since 2016.)

Your readers love to know how you got started writing and blogging, and newcomers enjoy seeing that you have experience in your field and are not a total newbie.

4. WHAT YOU DO (My passion is to inspire young creative people like me follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it!)

What drives you to do the things you love? What makes you want to get up in the morning, trudge to the computer and open your blog post or WIP, and type away for hours?

5. UNIQUE SIGNOFF (You can always find me petting kitty cats, being onstage, spending time with Jesus, or pretending to be a ninja!)

Here’s your one last chance to be creative and leave a lasting impression. Leaving links to where you can be found through social media is great as well, but if you don’t have any, a few more facts about yourself is more than okay 🙂

All of it together makes…

Hello, my friend! I’m so glad you found When Words Fly!

My name’s Abby Franklin. I’ve been composing stories as far back as I can remember and bringing them to life since 2016. My passion is to inspire young creative people like me follow their dreams and have the time of their lives doing it!

You can always find me petting kitty cats, being onstage, spending time with Jesus, or pretending to be a ninja!

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I can’t help but mention Christine’s Frazier’s bio. It’s short, sweet, and hints at the humor so often found in her blog.

Hi there! I’m Christine. I studied creative writing at The Johns Hopkins University, and then discovered the joy of research and outlines while in law school.

Yes, joy.

I love researching literary patterns and their creative applications. I’m also a compulsive doodler. (I do the illustrations for theroyalhamster.com)

You can keep in touch with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

the end! *trumpet sounds*

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See anything different around here today? Hehe.

I’ve discovered that, with my Monday-Thursday schedule, I was scooping a ton of time from other projects to get finished with only iffy-quality posts. And I’m sick of that!! So, for my sanity and yours, we’re moving our one and only posting day to Friday!

Yes – that means fewer posts, but it also means longer and (MUCH MUCH) better posts! Everybody likes that! 🙂

Many thanks to my subbies, who’ve been influential to these updates. You guys will now be getting weekly post notifications and a monthly newsletter! Plus, you now have special access to a few phone wallpapers I’ve created. I’m sorry, but they look pretty gosh darn awesome. (If you haven’t joined yet, now’s the time to do it! Click here.)

Until then, enjoy the scenery around here and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

love,

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38 thoughts on “How To Create An Author Bio To Blow Your Readers Away + HUGE CHANGES

  1. Julia says:

    I am totally implementing the at-a-glance one on my blog! 😄 Thank you SO much for this post! (And your blog looks gorgeous! 😉)

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  2. Anna says:

    Ooh, your blog is so pretty!! I really like it!
    I loved this post! It was helpful and fun (and also very colorful!)!
    Hope you have a great day!

    -Anna

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  3. Hannah says:

    Wow, this is a very timely post! I’m about to do some changes on my blog, and I’m in need of a good author bio. This is going to be super helpful – thanks!!

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  4. Sarah Baran says:

    I was actually going to google this, but HA, NOW I DON’T HAVE TO. This is great. I love your practical how-to stuff.

    (Also, nice new look. Very bright and spiffy. I like.)

    (Though I do miss the paper airplane… weeps)

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  5. - suzy - says:

    YOU ARE SERIOUSLY AWESOME OK

    i stumbled across your blog from the depths of who knows what and i?? love?? it??? everything’s so colorful and happyyy, and your bubbly, fabulous self just makes me wanna smile. (and everything’s so stinkin’ professional like wow this is exactly what i strive for)

    AND DUDE YOURE ALSO SUCH A LIFE SAVER TOO, GEEZ. i struggle with my bio wayyy too much (my own blog is a cringy example of that whoops) and this is so helpful, you have no idea. THANK YOU FREN <333

    suzy ☾ galactic daydreams

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    • Abby Franklin says:

      OH MY GOSH THANK YOU THIS IS SO SWEET ASDFGHJKL! ! ! like this just made my day Suzy! ☀️☀️☀️

      HEY I GET THE BIO STRUGGLE TOO, MY FRIEND. I basically had to write this post as a guide for myself lol. NO THANK YOU, YOU’RE TOO SWEET ❤️

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