How Writing Bios Can Help Build Your Platform.

During my studies last trimester I undertook my final writing subject.  My first assignment was to write a non-fiction book proposal.

It didn’t take me long to type up the idea for my book, but what was stopping me in my tracks was writing up the biographical details.  I had to meet certain word limits for my overall assignment, so I had to make sure what I wrote in my bio was not only tight but relevant to my proposal.  What really stumped me was what I had to write within the first paragraph – show why I was well equipped to write this particular book.  Trouble was, I had the knowledge, but I didn’t have the experience to help back it up.

I was stunned by my inexperience and felt like a complete amateur.  Writing my bio helped me assess where I was currently with my writing platform and what needed to be done to make it better.  I had to lift my game, not only within my topic but my writing credits as well.  Writing the bio helped me dig a little deeper within my chosen genres, discovering my angle and therefore my ‘brand’.

By making my bio tighter I managed to discover more about myself, as well as my current strengths and weaknesses within my platform.  There’s plenty of work still to be done!

Have you written a short bio?  Has writing a bio helped you discover your strengths and weaknesses within your platform?  What have you done to help make your platform and bio better?

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4 thoughts on “How Writing Bios Can Help Build Your Platform.

  1. Good post Debbie, I enjoyed reading it and it was very useful.

    1. Debbie Johansson 30/07/2012 — 11:14 pm

      Hi Athena. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for your comments. 🙂

  2. I suck epically at writing my own bio. In fact, I’m horrible when it comes to writing about myself at all.

    1. Debbie Johansson 01/08/2012 — 1:44 am

      Hi Daphne. I hate writing about myself as I don’t think I’m all that interesting. 😉 I was very uncomfortable writing up my bio, but by doing so, it has certainly been a learning experience. Writing more about my actual writing than about myself, felt much better! Thanks for your comments and best of luck with it. 🙂

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