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  •  The dreaded Author Bio (3+ / 0-)
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    GussieFN, Mnemosyne, cfk

    SS, you didn't mention anything about the Author Bio section of a query letter.  Most guidelines for querying state that it's important to list your literary accomplishments to build up your street cred, but what kind of a bio can you write when you're new and unpublished?  For NF, you need to state your credentials, but for fiction writers, it seems silly to state that you're a complete newbie.  If you don't list anything, won't they just assume, correctly, that you're unpublished?

    •  I did kind of touch on that. (3+ / 0-)
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      GussieFN, Mnemosyne, cfk
      Usually they do not want a bio. Since most the people querying are not published, there's no need to mention personal info at all unless it relates very closely to the story (like the story is set in Pittsburgh in the 40s and you grew up in Pittsburgh in the 40s).

      They probably will assume you're unpublished, yes, but that's okay. Several of them say that you're better off being unpublished than published to nasty reviews and flat sales.

      -9.0, -8.3 MSF for Haiti-- they're already there, they won't waste your money, and they have a cool name.

      by SensibleShoes on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 06:00:47 PM PST

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