Since Twitter moved from 140 characters to 280 characters, it’s like having a new lease on life.
Still agonizing over what constitutes a ‘killer’ bio.
So much so that I have been trawling through thousands of other bio’s trying to understand what makes a good one.
Quite a lot preface theirs with Dad to or Mom to x wonderful children. I think that goes without saying, so moving on.
Quite a lot advertise services using hashtags which is a great idea, perhaps in the hope people are looking for said services and DM them for more information. I don’t think many people would take much notice of that, and move on.
That brings up the relevance of using hashtags in the bio. That gives me a bit more scope to make it to the point.
A quick search of relevant hashtags reveals:
writer, author, thriller, mystery, adventure, writing etc.
All are useful but it doesn’t really carry any pulling power. We need something that grabs the reader’s attention and do it in the shortest, most succinct manner.
I am a writer, a wordsmith, who, I was once told, swallowed a dictionary. But, in the light of the current task, you’d think it would be just a ‘walk in the park’ instead of the proverbial ‘pain in the neck’.
Perhaps I could compose a riddle that comes back to the answer of who I am, but who has the time to sit and work it out.
I think that might be a little pretentious.
So, how about, ‘published author’, technically correct as my books are published on Amazon. I could use ‘aspiring to become the best selling author’. But that one worries me, because a lot of authors use that, and er all can’t be ‘vest’ selling authors.
Or can we?
Perhaps I might say, ‘an author aspiring to become a successful author, who published five novels on Amazon and adding more soon’.
Better, but not great.
Maybe I’ll keep working on it.