New Year – New Bio
Update Your Bio
January – new beginnings
Get Ready NOW for Success in 2018.
A Successful Writer needs
TWO up-to-date bios
Create 2 bios! Many editors want a bio that is 100 words or less.
Unless an editor wants a purely academic bio, I really limit my bio to the little nuances in life that turn me on.
Be creative. Give your bio a human touch. The editor wants to know who you are as a person, What do you think about? What do you love? What do you want others to know about the world you create in your writing?
When necessary, you can list a long account of your hard-earned academic credentials and achievements. But, I have found that, typically, editors want to know more about core beliefs and world view and how that all affects our writing life.
What is it that makes you want to write?
What is inside of you your ordinary, mundane and every-day life?
EXAMPLE 1 – The SHORT BIO
83 words about the Poet:
Lynda McKinney Lambert is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities. She is a full-time author of poetry and non-fiction essays. She is a 2017 nominee for “Best of the Net for 2016-2017.” She won a 2017 Proverse (Hong Kong) Poetry Prize; her poem, “Red December,” will appear in Mingled Voices #2. Her work appears in publications world-wide. Lynda loves walking through a meadow of wild flowers; gazing up at a star-strewn sky; and spending solitary winter days with her husband, Bob.
EXAMPLE 2 – The LONG BIO
273 words about the poet
Occasionally your editor will ask for a longer bio.
Here is mine.
Lynda McKinney Lambert is a blind author and visual artist who was nominated for The Best of the Net for Creative Non-Fiction Essay in 2017. Her poem, “Red December,” won an award for a “single poem prize” in the 2017 Proverse (Hong Kong) Poetry Prize and this poem will appear in the forthcoming anthology, Mingled Voices #2.
Her work was published over 143 times in 2017 in books, anthologies, literary magazines, and on blogs.
She has authored 2 full-length books:
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, January 1, 2003.
Link to: Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, February 2017.
Link to: Walking by Inner Vision
For additional information:
Link to: Lynda Lambert’s Author Page
Lynda’s work has appeared in Indiana Voice Journal; Spirit-Fire Review; Breath & Shadow; Wordgathering; Naturewriting; The Avocet; Plum Tree Tavern; Magnets & Ladders; Kaleidoscope and many more.
Lynda is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities who loves wading in the creek behind her rural Pennsylvania home and watching the night sky. Lynda and her husband of 57 years, walk their 2 dogs (Mitchell and Miss Dixie tulip) in the woods along the banks of the Connoquenessing Creek. While Lynda is doing research on her family genealogy, making art or writing, her 2 cats (Miss Bessie and Miss Opal) hang out in her office and nap while she is working.
Lynda recently created a collection of nature -themed poetry for her first chapbook, “first snow.” She is also working on a full-length book of poetry (Star Signs: New and Selected Poems) for publication in late 2018.
Visit her Author’s Page for more information on ordering her books. http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/
Lynda is a Peer Advisor and writes articles for Vision aware Blog, on the American Foundation for the Blind website.
Lynda authors two blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: www.lyndalambert.com
Copyright 2018. This article is the sole property of Lynda McKinney Lambert. Please ask permission from he author if you want to use this copyrighted essay in any printed publication.