First, the bio from one of my favorite novels, The Ballad of Pinewood Lake, by Jory Sherman.
Jory Sherman is a widely published author and poet whose works have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. He is the author of many novels, several of which have won major literary awards, including the Western Writer's of America's Spur Award for The Medicine Horn. He has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame.
After Sherman's bio, I would flip through some pages and pick a random spot to begin reading, knowing that this is a book worth examining more closely due to the fact that there are some big-time credentials. Ideally, I would find a beautiful passage and then want to read everything he wrote!
Second, the bio from my favorite nonfiction book, Strengthen Your Nonfiction Writing, by Mary Horner (I had an "in" with the selection committee!). Because my book is about writing, I went heavy on the credentials regarding writing and education. I wanted to let readers know I was a credible source.
Mary Horner is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in more than two dozen publications. She currently teaches communications at St. Louis and St. Charles Community Colleges. She earned a master's degree in communications from Lindenwood University, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she also earned the Writing Certificate. She completed the Core Curriculum program in medical communications with special emphasis in editing/writing from the American Medical Writers Association. In 2005, she received The Best Mom award (from her kids).
If I were rewriting this, I would move the second sentence to the end, so instead of moving from past to present tense, and then to past tense again, I would move from past to present tense only once, and would probably add a future project. The future project would give readers something to look for later, or let readers in the future look for other books I've written. Finally, when this book came out I didn't have a blog. I do now, and would provide a URL, and let readers know I'm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
At the end I added a little humor. What information do you include in your bio?
Write (a bio) soon,