PS has worked as a freelance writer since 2012. When she's not traveling and writing, she helps people with web design and development.
Are you a writer? Yes? If yes, do you have a bio? Bio is the first impression of every freelance writer. Clients need to know you before hiring you. Even if you have expert skills, it’d be useless if you can’t show them through your bio. Today, we are going to discover how to write an effective bio.
Besides freelancing, if you are planning to sell your work such as articles, books, and so on, you need a killer bio. So, let’s start with the basics:
What bio is all about?
A bio is a common word used for biography. Don’t get distracted. It’s not about detailing your whole life into an autobiography. It is required to cover only the required information. Consequently, you need to cover details that are relevant to the specific work. For example, writing a bio for a copywriting job will be entirely different from writing a bio for a memoir job.
Your bio is required for:
- Freelancing sites
- News releases
- Forum posts
What all you must include in your bios?
- Name and business name
- Contact details - phone number, email and website URL
- Specific information, relevant to the targeted audience. Here you must answer, Why you are the perfect candidate? How your experience is beneficial for the job?
- Never fake. Write bio with facts.
- Include relevant experience and education. Memberships of an organization, club, or a group can also be beneficial.
- Even if you don’t have appropriate education, then it won’t affect much if you have experience. Volunteer for work and write something on your own to show your experience with proof.
- Write in the third person. For example, instead of writing “My writing journey began when…”, write “Prachi’s writing journey began when…”
Not all bios are read
Including everything seems like a pretty good thing to describe your capabilities, but don’t forget these 3 words: “Less is More”.
You are not writing a CV or resume for a job application. You are attracting potential clients by showing who you are and that to be in an interesting manner.
For a quick idea, browse several fiction and non-fiction books in your local bookshop or on the Internet. Look for the information on the back cover or in the starting and observe how it describes the authors. Such bios are crafted wisely with serious thoughts to deeply engage the readers.
How to start writing a bio
- Skills to write a bio improve with time.
- In the beginning, just write everything that comes to your mind in relation to your writing career. Make sure it is in the third person.
- Keep on writing, doesn’t matter if it counts to a couple of pages.
- This helps you leave behind your overly conscious mind and give a free flow to your thoughts.
- It is better to create a map or a diagram in your mind with important highlights and then, pour them down on paper to bring them into one tune.
“Mark Johnson has been working with literary clients since 2012. (How long you’ve been working in this field.) He provides copywriting, technical writing, and copyediting services. (What are your useful services.) His educational background in technology and marketing analysis has supplied him a strong base to confidently approach diverse topics. (Your Education and experience.) His writing skills can be, independently, confirmed on Upwork and Freelancer. (Factual information.) He enjoys writing marketing copies for individuals and organizations who are looking to boost their business growth. You can learn more about his services at copywriting.com. (Holding clients’ attention)”
“Ravi Thakur writes finance and investment articles for businesses that want to leverage their financial power. (What he does.) His articles have appeared several times on renowned sites, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, HubPages and Inc. (Factual information.) He, regularly, contributes to The Washington Post and The Guardian. (Experience.) His articles focus on rejuvenating the financial growth of both big and small businesses as well as individuals. Visit his blog ravithakurfinance.com to learn more about his services. (Hold and grab attention.)”
“Nadia Ahmed is a freelance writer from London, England. As an avid traveler and food addict, she publishes cutting-edge articles and helpful reviews about restaurants and culinary culture. She is also a member of the PEN Writers Organization. This is her first article/break with The Food Arena. (Sample name.) You can check out her portfolio on nadiafoodwriter.com.”
“Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, and traveler. During a lifetime of self-employment and ventures ranging from online publishing to volunteers work in West Africa, he visited every country on Earth before the age of 35. Chris is focused on encouraging individuals to live fulfilling lives with motivating and practical. Advice. His website, chrisgwriter.com receives nearly 400,000 visitors a month.”
“Steven D. Levitt works as a professor of economics at Chicago University. He has been awarded the John Bates Clark medal for his extraordinary work as an economist under the age of forty. Levitt is not a typical economist. He examines the puzzles of everyday life - from crime and cheating to sports and parenting - and concludes outcomes that spin conventional wisdom on its head. Visit his website freakonomic.com to know about his work in detail.”
“Sangeeta Bijlani is a blogger and freelance writer. She is known for her articles on CricBuzz, BBC Sports, and Bleacher Report. She is also a member of The Authors Guild and has self-published several books including One Day in the Life of Footballer, Sports in the 21st century, and How to be a Chess-master. (Sample names.) She regularly writes for her clients through Upwork, Freelancer, and her website sangeetasportswriter.com.”
Most of the times, when I am unsure of which book to read, I literally go looking for authors’ bios and reviews, of course. Authors’ bios are highly effective in making a profitable sale.
This is your platform to sell yourself and earn income. Writing experiences are the most important point of any bio and being an author or a freelance writer, it’d be absurd if you don’t have any. Your great writing skills give you the power to start your own blog, write guest posts (sites who ask for guest posts rarely look for experiences. They just need content), and publish/self-publish an ebook. This can ultimately be used as an experience and also to build your portfolio. So, you can easily create a killer bio and establish credibility.
© 2019 Prachi Sharma