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mark stanton

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Author Bio
« on: January 21, 2006, 04:51:56 PM »
Hi, I have been asked to submit my full manuscript to a publishing company. They have asked for an author bio. Can anyone give me some advise on what to put in this? Is it just about me and why I wrote this book????? Any help would be apreciated.
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Mark

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Re: Author Bio
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2006, 04:56:11 AM »
Mark,

I'm so happy you asked that question and can't wait for an informed answer! I've always treated a bio more like a CV than a life story - pointing out things that might qualify me to write the story I've just submitted - any particular experience I have in the area - and why I was drawn to the topic or the idea or whatever.

Since I've never had anything published I've kept mum about that particular issue and ignored any reference to 'previous publications' rather than saying something negative like 'Unpublished as yet' ...

Always impossible to know what to put and I have to admit I've doctored my bio depending on where it's going, who's going to be reading it and what I'm submitting.

If it's OK, I'd like to add a related question to this thread -

Should one always send a bio or only when it's specifically requested?

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2006, 05:25:41 AM »
A bio is a different thing from a CV. In general, they should be kept short and sweet. Different publishers have different requirements though, and if you're unsure it never hurts to ask for clarification.

Here's a short bio I prepared a little while ago. I can't actually remember what it was for now!

Nick Daws is a professional freelance writer, age 47. He is the author of over 40 non-fiction books, as well as numerous articles, courses, short stories, adverts, TV and radio scripts, and so on. His most recent work is the CD-based course ‘Write Any Book in Under 28 Days’, published by WCCL. He lives in Burntwood, Staffordshire, UK, with his partner Jayne, an IT specialist. More information is available from his website at http://www.nickdaws.co.uk.

Other comments would be welcome!

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2006, 06:49:42 AM »
Is this too long?   

BIOGRAPHY OF LIN TREADGOLD

Lin Treadgold was born in Yorkshire in 1949 and left school at fifteen.   Her aim was to gain as many life experiences as possible.    She fulfilled this by traveling the world  for six years with the Merchant Navy, where she discovered her writing talents in the form of poetry.
Continuing her mission over the next for 25 years,  she became one of the UK's top female driving instructors, eventually moving on to become a tutor of driving instructors, owning her own training school.  She retired early to join her husband in The Netherlands, where they both now reside permanently. 

Lin is currently working at the Zwanenwater Nature Reserve in North Holland where, as a volunteer, she is part of a team and researches the nesting birds on the reserve.
During the 1990’s her first published magazine article was a result of experiences with the driver training school.  Since that time she has written articles for various magazines, and this, her first novel,  is a challenge for the future.   She now continues to fulfill her goal through “First and Last Outpost” to inspire other people to contribute to nature conservation.
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Re: Author Bio
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2006, 07:13:04 AM »
That looks pretty good to me, Lin. I guess one way to think of it would be as the 'blurb' you'll often see on the inside back cover flap, often headed 'About the Author'.

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2006, 08:30:19 AM »
I agree with Nick,
Keep in concise, mine has three paragraphs and appears on the back cover.
 My publisher helped me to edit the wording which also explains my reasons for writing the book, and of the great history of the children's Home.
Of course it would help- if you have had anything published,even an article in a magazine.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2006, 09:43:29 AM »
Aha! That's a great way of looking at it - the inside of the back cover! Now I can really see what they're looking for.

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2006, 02:58:42 PM »
Mark---(hi again) whatever you do, just don't say: "Mark Stanton wanted to become a writer ever since he was a small boy..."

If I read one more author bio like that I might puke.

If you attended a fancy university, or have worked in an unusual field that other people in general might find intriguing, mention that, too.

The publisher will be keeping an eye out for anything about you that they can "use" as a marketing angle to get the public interested in your, should they decide to buy and publish your book.

(Forgive me if I have you mixed up with someone else---I met so many people on here all at once it's hard to keep everyone straight--but was it you who wrote the historical Africa book? If so, you're the guy I told to query Crown. I have heard even more recently that Crown is acquiring historical fiction. Could it by chance be this company who has asked to see your work? You can email me privately if you wish at gaelenfoley@aol.com.)

At any rate, sincere congrats on the request for material from the publisher. That's a very exciting development.

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mark stanton

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Re: Author Bio
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2006, 04:37:56 PM »
Gaelen,
Thanks for your comments, I have emailed you directly. With regard to my Bio I would like to imagine I have lived an interesting life. Although British born I grew up in Southern Africa. Lived through a civil war, and after that lived in the region while another 2 or 3 rumbled on. In Africa I lived through a despot ruining an economy whilst supressing his people with force and hunger. My career allowed me to travel the region and I must have explored every part of the wild from the magnificent Victoria Falls to one of the deepest gold or broadest asbestous mines on the continent. I installed communications equipment on the remotest mountian sites to the poorest rural community so I guess I have experienced a lot....but you know what? I would gladly do it all over again......