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Title: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 12:32:15 PM
Has anyone done one of these?  One of the agents I'm about to query wants the first 3 chapters, a synopsis, SASE, and a bio sheet.  Now, I have my degrees and publications listed on my query, so would I need to include a seperate bio sheet, and if so, what else should I put on there?  All the mundane, age, marital status, schools attended, that kind of stuff?  Seems irrelevant as I have the "writing" bio stuff on the query, but thought I'd ask if anyone has any experience with doing one.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 01:26:10 PM
I'm supposed to do one too and I have no bio.  Nothing that really pertains to the story AT ALL.  I figure I'll just pad it with some interesting life events to show myself as a well rounded person and throw in some stuff about taking creative writing classes or something  :huh: This one might be harder than the synopsis...
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 01:56:14 PM
dang, so I can't just leave it out huh.  Hmmm, well, do you think they want everything, like : Elky was born in 1976, the oldest of five kids....she went to this college, got this degree, took these classes, is married, has kids, and all that other crap? 
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 01:56:45 PM
this does not sound fun or interesting  :no:
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 02:01:02 PM
It would if I were interesting or fun...which I'm not.... sigh.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 02:54:38 PM
The agent I got the request from wanted an actual bio, in addition to the partial and the synopsis.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 03:01:58 PM
Since a complete bio would be longer than my novel, I compress it down to two sentences in my query. If they're intrigued enough to want to know more, they can ask.  :)

Ahhh see, this is my point  :up: - I've got the stuff that's relevant to my writing in the query - hmmm, this is the only agent I've come across that had "author bio" in the guidelines - I think I may go rebel here and just send the query with the relevant bio info and the chapters - I doubt I'd get rejected over that, and if they ask for a full and want more bio info, I'll submit more then I suppose.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 03:23:20 PM
Elky,  I really would write something up.  I just read on an agent blog about how they hate it when you just "decide" to emit something...I guess it comes across as cocky (not the clear act of desperation it is with me lol).  But supposedly it annoys them.  Just write anything.  After all, they won't be judging your work based on your bio, but they may be feeling out your ability to follow guidelines and professionalism.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 03:31:54 PM
 :flag:  Oh all right, but I'm not going to enjoy it!  ;D
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 03:33:13 PM
I'm right there with you  :cbash:
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 03:58:32 PM
Hmmm, maybe they want to see if anything in your life experience will help the writing....I don't know - I can understand if they are offering representation, or even with a full maybe, but with the query and partial  :shrug:  Well, I'll whip something up I guess :)
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 15, 2008, 04:00:46 PM
If they need to check facts I can confirm that time we went hiking for 6 months in the rain forest and battled tigers ninja style. :ninja: :inocent:
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: elknutswife on January 15, 2008, 04:16:13 PM
 :clap: :clap:  :ninja: 

well, I wrote something, it's not great, but it's....something :)  I'm off to the post office to remail that last partial that I think the post office lost, and a few more queries  ;D
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: Iris on January 15, 2008, 04:56:16 PM
I just came back from the post office, where I mailed two queries plus partials (partial was required, not requested). I also sent an e-mail query this morning, so it was a pretty good day.

I don't know if anything in my bio would help my case. In my query letter I include a couple of my short story sales and the fact that I've been a tech writer for 20 years. That's relevant. But I don't know what else would be. Not for the book I'm querying about, anyway. I can think of other things I could include for other works that might be important, but I'm not querying about them right now.

I've never heard of an agent insisting on a bio sheet before.
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 15, 2008, 05:26:47 PM
Elky,  I really would write something up.  I just read on an agent blog about how they hate it when you just "decide" to emit something...

i can imagine how they hate it when their writers emit...heehee

seriously, and i'm late to the party here, but do any of these agents have bio sheet examples?  i'd use that as a guide.  otherwise, i'd be SO tempted to make something up - JJM was the first woman to pilot a garbage-hauling barge.  The rough draft of her novel, "What's That Smell?" was written during the 6 month stint along the eastern seaboard, while she awaited orders to dump the trash in a landfill.

Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: Patrick on January 15, 2008, 05:47:14 PM
 :rof2:

So, if your book is an autobiography or memoir, do you think they still request the bio?  And if so, could you call it Cliff Notes?
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 15, 2008, 05:49:48 PM
LMAO!
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: Iris on January 15, 2008, 08:21:01 PM
It looks like I am going to have to worry about a bio sheet at that. One of the agents I want to query, Ken Sherman (I think that was it) wants a bio and two-page synopsis.

So just what the heck do I put in my bio? My life hasn't been all that exciting.  ???  :bonk:
Title: Re: Bio Sheets?
Post by: on February 05, 2008, 04:34:26 PM
How about this. After twenty years with the NY Yankees and other MLB clubs, I decided to write a novel. My Life in Baseball Without Steroids. It was a best seller and now I have been asked to head a committee looking into drug abuse in Sports. I might do that after I win the Primaries today (Super Tuesday 2008). My wife the very talented Niki Dial says I am so  :clap: :clap: in bed and that alone should cause you to want to represent my book.
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