How To Build Up Your Writing Bio Super Fast
If you want to build your writing credentials quickly, there are ways to improve your professional writing bio while sharpening your writing skills. Of course, the best credits to have in your author bio are publication credits, but demonstrating an authentic commitment to craft and to the writing community can also work in your favor.
Develop a good submission strategy. This goes without saying — but we’re saying it anyway: When you’re sending work out into the world, you’re creating opportunities for yourself. When you’re not sending out your writing, you’re not making opportunities for yourself. You’ve got to knock on doors if you want them to open. Do your research, find the right markets, and submit your writing on a regular schedule.
Join a well-known writing organization. Are you writing romance? Join Romance Writers of America. Are you into high-end literary works? Check out the Association of Writing Programs. You will probably need to spend some money to join these organizations, but the benefits are endless. First, you’ll get to put their well-known name on your cover or query letter. Second, you’ll get access to lots of great resources and you’ll score great networking opportunities. And third, you’ll show the agent or editor of your dreams that you’re committed to and serious about your writing — whether you’ve published anything or not! The credentials in your writing bio will be much improved — stronger and more impressive.
Join a little-known writing organization. Writers all over the country are conducting workshops, and they may be meeting in your area. By being able to write “I attend a weekly writing workshop meeting,” you show that you’re resourceful and diligent. Not only that, your writing technique will benefit greatly, and you may meet other like-minded writers and make friends! Many times these types of meetings are free.
Volunteer. By volunteering for the book drive at your local library — or by devoting your time to other worthy endeavors — you demonstrate that you care deeply about literacy.
Take classes. Even if you don’t have many (or any) publishing credentials, taking a class at your local community college or online establishes your dedication to being a professional writer. It will help your technique and your reputation. Editors and agents like to see writers who are diligently committed to their craft. Being able to write, “I took a class at the University of XYZ” may strike a chord with agents and editors, who are familiar with many writing programs. If you can’t get to a school, check out online classes.
Go to a writing conference. If your budget permits, attend a writing conference. Not only will you learn and network, you’ll also be able to mention that you attended said conference in your bio. The idea is, a writing conference is like a party — everyone who’s anyone will be there. If an agent or editor recognizes the name of the conference (maybe he or she attended or perhaps just knew a colleague who did) that may tip the scales in your favor.
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