What Information Should Typically Found on an "About the Author" Page?


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Information found on an "About the Author" page includes the author's greatest writing achievements and publications, what genre the author typically prefers to write, any relevant education and a short biography at the end. The end of the page mentions what the author is currently doing in his day-to-day life.

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Some other pertinent information found on an "About the Author" page includes any awards relevant to writing or the area of expertise on which the author focuses. For example, the author of the cookbook can include any awards she has received as a chef. If the author has written or contributed to any other books, the titles of the books are italicized and include the publisher and year published in parentheses. The page also includes a professional photograph of the author that can be used for multiple purposes including book jackets, websites, press kits and social media.

The page typically refers to the author in the third person. As an author's body of work grows over time, his page changes as well. The author's personal information should remain at the end of the page because establishing credibility as a writer takes precedence over giving the history of the author. Once a draft of the page has been completed, it should be read aloud for clarity and edited before publishing.

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