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The Six Rules You Should Use to Write a Professional Bio

1. Always write in the third person. Your professional bio is not an autobiography. You don’t say, “I have been a ghostwriter for four years.” You say, “Jane Doe has been a ghostwriter for four years.” It’s easier to trust a bio that appears to have been written by an objective observer.

2. List provable facts. Don’t waste time sharing your dreams. “Jane Doe has always wanted to pursue writing as a career.” That’s not appropriate here. Only include information that you can back up with proof. “Jane Doe has provided her services independently and through the online employment forums oDesk and Elance.” These are facts that can be confirmed by a search on these forums.

3. Include pertinent education and experience. If you have taken courses, you may want to include this, especially if your list of provable facts is difficult to confirm independently. Example later.

4. Bring in memberships. Mention any memberships you have in writing clubs, business groups, etc.

5.Keep the writing tight. Don’t get wordy. Display your best writing skills. Keep sentences short. Make sure every sentence really needs to be there.

6. Hook, grab and hold. Make sure your bio includes something that is unique about you. Give the reader something to remember about you.

These rules don’t have to be applied in the order given. All you really need to do is include as many of them as possible. You may not have any education. Don’t fret over it. Build up your experience so you can change your bio.

Alberta Sequeira

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