Writing your author’s bio can be one of the more stressful things about creating your author’s website and helping to build your author brand. Many authors don’t know where to start, how much to share about themselves or how to put together an author’s bio. The thing is while you want your bio to be interesting, you also want it to make potential readers look at your books. So what do you add to your author’s bio that will make readers do that and then buy your books?

Here are five tips for writing an author’s bio that will keep readers coming back for more!

1. Be professional. It’s difficult to take authors seriously when it comes to their books and their writing if they don’t seem to take themselves seriously or behave in a professional manner. So always be professional whether you choose to use first or third person when writing your author’s bio.

2. Be confident. Even if you don’t feel confident on the inside, write your bio as if you are and as if you feel that confidence daily. People tend to be more attracted to people that are confident and they’ll be more likely to buy the books of a person who is confident in themselves and their abilities.

3. Don’t use your bio to list your backlist or even your upcoming list of books. Readers can find that on your “books” page, and your “coming soon.” page. Your bio should be about you and while it can include things that relate to your writing, such as the types of research you like to do for your books for example.

4. Share personal tidbits about your life but don’t get too personal. For example, readers don’t want to know if you’ve experienced any of the experiences that your characters do in your erotic romances, at least not generally speaking, plus if someone underage were to visit your website, well you get the picture.

5. Share about what you like to do when you’re not writing. Share your hobbies, your favorite authors, what genres you like to read etc.

6. Update and rewrite your author’s bio at least once a year. Hey, things change and so do you as an author. If you use the same author’s bio for years, chances are that you’re going to maybe write in a new genre, pick up a new hobby or get a new pet even! So update your author’s bio to reflect those changes every so often.

There you have it, six tips for writing your author’s bio, go forth and conquer that bio today!