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Wednesday Open Chat
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Jan
14
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What to Include and Exclude in Author Bios
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 15 @ 9:00 am

Join us Sunday evening for a Topic Chat – What to Include and Exclude in Author Bios an article by Robert Lee Brewer Writers Market Blog.

Robert Lee Brewer PhototRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.

Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.

What to Include and Exclude in Author BiosImage of Typewriter Ready to get published on rough paper

It’s a paradox: The author is the most important part of a book project, but the author bio may be the least significant part of a query.

That said, future authors constantly ask me (and other publishing professionals) how to handle their author bios in their queries and book proposals. And honestly, it is a part of the query that has more potential to harm a pitch than help. So here’s a quick list of what to include and exclude in author bios.

I’ve never questioned assigning an article because the bio was too brief. However, I have read bios that made me question how professional and experienced the writer is. So when it comes to author bios, follow this mantra: When in doubt, leave it out.

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Wednesday Open Chat
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

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Wednesday Open Chat
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

Jan
28
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Celebrity Sunday with Barb & Lisa
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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31
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Wednesday Open Chat
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

Feb
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Wednesday Open Chat
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

Feb
14
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Wednesday Open Chat
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

Feb
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Wednesday Open Chat
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday Chats are fairly laid back, informal, chill. They are also subject to change. This means a topic springs up almost without warning like grasshoppers in August.

Feb
25
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Critique Chat with Audrey Shaffer
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm