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I have called you by name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1, NLT)
Editors tell us to have a full writer’s biography ready to go and a short, quick one on hand, too. You use your short version on blog posts, at the end of articles, and on the back jacket of your book.
The idea of a short writer’s bio is thousands of years old. For instance, we know quite a bit about 35 writers in the Bible, thanks to what they’ve each told us in their one-liner biographies. They offer a helpful model to follow by giving us ...
Name and family: Today you introduce yourself with your first and last name, but in Bible times people identified themselves by their fathers, as did Nehemiah: “These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.” (Nehemiah 1:1, NLT)
Location: You use your bio to tell readers where you live (both in the real world and online.) So did the writers during Bible times: “These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. “(Jeremiah 1:1, NLT)
Qualifications: A bio explains why a writer speaks with authority. Solomon revealed his credentials in Ecclesiastes 1:1: “These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.” Paul opened the Letter to the Romans by explaining his role in God’s kingdom and qualifications: “This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.” (Romans 1:1, NLT)
Your readers can learn a great deal about you from a simple one-line biography.
A one-line biography lets readers get to know you quickly.
You know me by name. Show me how to explain who I am to my readers in a concise way so they can know me, too.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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