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#1 AmandaBurckhard

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:05 PM

What do you do if you don't have anything to put in the bio section that is writing related? Do you leave it out?

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:33 AM

:unsure: ...I wish I knew!

I also am trying to discern what to add when one doesn't have any writing credentials to speak of. Most agents ask for some sort of biography, yet they don't like it when you waste their time with senseless gibberish (which, I can't honestly blame them).

So yes, this is a very good question. Here's hoping that someone else can provide a good answer!

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:23 AM

Yes, you leave it out. Never include anything in your query that is without purpose.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:54 PM

Lit has the down-low on this. It's okay not to have writing credentials. Hold your head up and submit the best query letter you can and polish your manuscript so it is the best dang writing you have to offer. Awesome novels are far better sells than a credential or two.

Unless you're writing nonfic.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:17 PM

Yes, leave it out. If you're writing nonfiction (with the exception of memoir) and you don't have credentials, then delay your book-publishing dreams and develop your credentials. Because one of the first questions an agent will ask is "Why are you the right person to write this book?"

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

Yay! You don't know how glad I am to read this. I also have nothing for a bio, and wondered what to do..Thanks everyone, Woo Hoo!!!!

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:02 PM

Just remember that if your job is the same or relates to the one of your main characters, include that. For example, I am Administrative Assistant and so is one of my main characters. But if that is the not the case and you have no writing credentials, I agree with everyone to leave out your bio.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

Just remember that if your job is the same or relates to the one of your main characters, include that. For example, I am Administrative Assistant and so is one of my main characters. But if that is the not the case and you have no writing credentials, I agree with everyone to leave out your bio.

Cynkaba, I don't have a job, but over 10 years ago I did make banners and dance on a team, like my character. Would that count?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

No, only share if you have writing experience and/or if you have a job that pertains to one of your main characters. Otherwise, leave out the bio section.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

I am a teacher and of course have an education degree. Would I include that? My main character is a high school student, not a teacher :)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

I am a teacher and of course have an education degree. Would I include that? My main character is a high school student, not a teacher :)


Up to you, but my gut reaction is nope. Truth is in fiction (as opposed to non-fiction) the work has to stand on it's own and most credentials seem irrelevant. A thriller about a nuclear physicist written by one -- I would mention that. An MFA from The Iowa Writers' Workshop -- definitely mention that. Publishing credits--depends on where and how recent. My mantra: "when in doubt, leave it out."
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:23 AM

Up to you, but my gut reaction is nope. Truth is in fiction (as opposed to non-fiction) the work has to stand on it's own and most credentials seem irrelevant. A thriller about a nuclear physicist written by one -- I would mention that. An MFA from The Iowa Writers' Workshop -- definitely mention that. Publishing credits--depends on where and how recent. My mantra: "when in doubt, leave it out."


Agree with Lit, but with a caveat. Some kid-lit agents WANT to know if you're a teacher or school librarian. So as always, do your homework. I ended up always putting in a VERY brief, unobtrusive line mentioning my years of teaching math to teens. Never specified my degrees or where I got them, though.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

Agree with all of the above. According to the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents if you write non fiction you need to have certain expertise of why you are the best person to write this book. For fiction you don't need any and if you don't have writing history then leave it out. Don't tell them this is your first novel or anything.




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