Authors, have you claimed your BookBub Author Profile? Once you claim and complete yours (claim yours here!), BookBub may include you as a suggested author when new members sign up for BookBub or via email. Having an intriguing bio on your Author Profile can be the difference between a new follow and a click on the back button.
And remember: Once you have 1k BookBub followers, you’ll unlock the ability to send Preorder Alerts, which can help you ramp up pre-release sales!
While there is no one-size-fits-all formula for writing an engaging author bio, here are some Author Profiles on BookBub that we love. Hopefully they will provide some inspiration.
Publishers and agents, feel free to send this to any of your authors who might want to claim their BookBub Author Profile or revamp their bio!
Why we love it: Tamera includes a lot of great info in her bio, including what draws readers: “richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots.” She also makes it clear that she’s well-qualified to write about the settings of her books, as she lives nearby. This enticing bio makes it clear what we can expect from her stories!
Why we love it: Bella takes the unique approach of beginning her bio with a blurb from a publication. Bella has an extensive backlist, and we also love how she lists all of her titles in order for ardent fans who want to read everything in a series chronologically.
Why we love it: Daniel begins his bio with a short sentence about who he is, including a quote from an established publication. We love how he’s put a quick hook for each of his series in his bio, and links to his socials, website, and mailing list (with a call-to-action for a free book!).
Why we love it: Glynnis leads with her bestseller status and subgenre before launching into her diverse and unique personal information. She also includes the characteristics of her books in a fun way so readers will know what to expect from her work.
Why we love it: Scott has a succinct bio that includes a blurb from a major publication, information on his most popular series, biographical details, and a call-to-action to visit his website URL, all in a few lines. Plus, we love that unique headshot style!
Why we love it: Alyssa begins her bio by introducing what genres she writes in, followed by her accolades and accomplishments. She ends by telling the reader a little bit about her personal life outside of writing.
Why we love it: Blake’s bio is filled with information about his background in writing as well as mentions of his upcoming release.
Why we love it: Sylvia’s bio is a great example of one that’s on the shorter side yet fits in all the essential information, including accolades and popular series, so readers can easily find these books.
Why we love it: While Claire has an extensive backlist, she succinctly describes her publishing success and subgenres. She also includes all of her pen names so readers can easily find her, no matter which name they’re looking for.
Why we love it: C.C. begins his bio by diving into how he got into reading and writing science fiction novels! He also details his upcoming works, including the rerelease of his debut novel.
Why we love it: Suzanne includes her top works in her bio, so readers can easily make the connection to her books that they’ve read — or see which they should read next. She also provides links to her website and Twitter profile. And we love that profile picture!
Why we love it: Marie has a well-structured bio. The first and second paragraphs include the highlights of her biggest accomplishments: her bestseller status, sales figures for her bestsellers, and her traditional publishing track record. She also includes her genre and pen name, so readers can quickly get a sense for her work. Her third paragraph provides insight into her personal life, while the final paragraph details ways fans can connect with her online. We also love how she includes a chronological list of her books!
Why we love it: We love how Melissa specifies the types of stories she has to offer. She also does a great job of including her bestseller status, various accolades, and her pseudonyms. Her bio ends with a call-to-action targeting readers and book clubs alike.
Why we love it: We love how Angie distinguishes herself from her characters, and in the process makes herself relatable to readers. She also mentions her bestseller status and best-known works in a humble way.
Why we love it: Michael’s bio focuses on what influences his writing: Star Trek, science fiction, and several high-profile authors. This helps readers who are also fans of those mediums connect with Michael and understand what they can expect from his work.
Why we love it: Helen begins her bio with some self-deprecating humor and her personal history, and then relates it to her writing. This is such a great example of establishing a voice and author brand, as it gives readers a sense of what to expect from her novels — and why her work is such an inspiration.
Why we love it: We love how Intisar begins her bio with a description of her background in community health and travel before listing her current projects!
Why we love it: Angie tops off her page with a quick description of her book, and then in her bio dives into her personal history and accolades. This is a fantastic example of an author profile for an author with only one book out so far!
Why we love it: We love how Jayne manages multiple pen names. She has claimed an Author Profile for each of her pen names (which you can see under her name), and in her bio she specifies which pen name writes for which genre.
Why we love it: Tosca begins her bio with blurbs from both a notable author and publication. We love how she balances her book promotion and personal flair throughout her bio.
Why we love it: Alex’s concise bio gives readers information about his books, his fascinating background, and where else to find him online, all in a succinct manner.
Why we love it: Debbie begins her bio with a link to her Facebook page to engage readers across multiple platforms. Her extensive career is then captured in four paragraphs detailing her accomplishments, accolades, new and upcoming releases, and information on her personal life.
Why we love it: Tif perfectly captures the themes of her books in her bio. From themes in the first sentence to glimpses into her life and background, this short bio shows readers what to expect from her books.
Why we love it: Alexa humanizes herself by talking about her family life and hobbies. This segues nicely into the inspiration for her books!
Why we love it: Courtney leads with her bestseller status and accolades in a concise manner. She also finishes her bio with a call-to-action for her mailing list, so we applaud her marketing prowess!
Why we love it: Including firsthand experiences as a journalist lends Rick credibility in his genres of Crime Fiction and Thrillers. He also includes a list of well-known authors who have praised his work. These endorsements may encourage those authors’ fans to give Rick a try.
Why we love it: Karen’s bio is a great example of a longer bio. She starts with a short three-word description of herself, and delves into her personal history, accolades, and bestseller status.
Why we love it: Laurelin’s bio lets her lighthearted personality shine through! She also includes information about a monthly giveaway she runs through her mailing list, which is enticing and unique.
Why we love it: Taylor’s bio is yet another example of a successful succinct bio. The first sentence discusses her previous releases, while the next sentence lists mentions of her books in publications. She ends her bio with a quick call to follow her on her social media profiles.
Why we love it: Ana’s bio contains a lot of information in a few sentences, from her background in writing to her current hobbies. We love how she links to her newsletter!
Why we love it: Michael’s bio accomplishes a lot in one short paragraph. It includes his bestseller status, his most popular novels, info about his upcoming release, and brief biographical information — and it still lets his personality shine.
Why we love it: Jasmine’s voice shines through in this bio with both facts about her and a glimpse of her sense of humor. We love the blurb at the top of her profile!
Why we love it: Kiru captures what readers should know about her in only a few sentences. We love how she includes a call-to-action to subscribe to her newsletter!
Why we love it: April’s bio is short and sweet, but packed with interesting information. She was a private investigator and survived a shipwreck? How can you not want to learn more about this author? She also elegantly includes her books’ status and subgenre in the last paragraph, along with a call-to-action for readers to learn more.
Why we love it: This bio is a lot more than just a list of accolades and titles, yet Rebecca manages to fit all of it into such a small space. We love the insight into her personality and work ethic here!
What other BookBub Author Profiles or bios do you love? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post was originally published on April 14, 2016 and has been updated with new examples and screenshots!