I don't really know how to write an author bio. They probably do need to match your personality and fit you and your work specifically, but also they need to change depending on what they are being used for.
And while I was researching how to do this, I came across some tips, that I have added into this post.
So I guess this post is a little more instructional and about what I learned on my own journey, instead of being a behind the scenes look.
Turns out it is time consuming to have a book one month away from release date. While also working full time. And trying to keep writing new fiction because I just go CRAZY if I feel like I’ve made no progress on my other stories. I really don’t like not working on anything, but at the moment I’m finding it so hard to fit it all in! Which I guess is not really that surprising! :)
This is the post I've been most excited about writing in this series, because I have lots of cool behind the scenes drafts and stuff to share!
To start with, my question was - Do authors get to choose their own book covers?
The answer to that is no. Mostly. Usually.
Authors don't usually get a lot of input at all into stuff like that. And that of course makes sense, because it is really a marketing decision, and therefore is managed by professionals in that field.
However, I am very excited to say my story is a little different.
Yeah, I had to get one of these. A professional one. And of course I messed up my hair the day before so it was a weird colour. And obviously the picture I chose looks like I’m not wearing any pants (I am) and I also forgot to take off the dumb hair-band I was wearing around my wrist. And I really felt so awkward when I get my photo taken and I think my smile looks really strange.
This post talks about the author questionnaire, which was something I had to fill out very early on in the publication process.
It is basically an information request from a publisher, to see what (or who) you know that might be helpful for your publicity or marketing, and also to see what interesting stories there may be behind your work.
And my understanding is, the more they know about you the better!