Authors, have you claimed your BookBub Author Profile? Doing so allows you to update your author bio, which can help potential readers learn more about you and why they should pick up your latest book.
Once you complete your BookBub Author Profile (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.
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, how many of your authors have claimed their BookBub Author Profile? Send this to any of your authors who might want to revamp their bio!
Why we love it: Marie has a well-structured bio. The first paragraph includes 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 second paragraph provides insight into her personal life, while the final paragraph details ways fans can connect with her online.
Why we love it: Debbie has written more than 150 novels, yet she manages to fit the highlights of her career into one paragraph. The unique accomplishments of writing the first Publishers Weekly–reviewed novel and receiving a lifetime achievement award let readers know that they can expect high-quality books from Debbie.
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, popular series, and pseudonyms, so readers can easily find all of her books.
Why we love it: Including first-hand 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: 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: 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: We love how Melissa specifies the types of stories she has to offer. She also does a great job of including her bestseller status and various accolades.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Tamera includes a lot of great info in her short 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: 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: 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: We love the insight into Rebecca’s personality and work ethic here; the bio is a lot more than just a list of accolades and titles, yet she manages to fit all of it into such a small space.
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: Bella takes the unique approach of beginning her bio with a blurb from a publication, which compares her to a highly recognizable author. 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: Karen’s bio is a great example of a longer bio. She starts with a quote showing her own passion for writing fiction, and delves into her personal history, accolades, and bestseller status.
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