Many agents are using an online query manager (vs. email), with standard "fill in the field" required questions, one of which is the ubiquitous "Tell us about yourself and your many achievements" biography.
When a fledgling writer - with no credentials to her name - puts said potential agents in a tidy bucket and sets them aside for "future" attempted queries...and the future arrives e.g. it's time to quit pansying about and actually query them, what is one to do?The straight up question is: What is the expectation of a biography, when there is no useful biography to be had?In conventional queries, I simply skip it - and close with title and word count, etc. The online variety doesn't allow for that.
My first choice is always to be funny, but that's often not the best choice.
Agents understand that many writers are not leading headliner lives, and that's ok. Or that you haven't been published before, also ok.
What's absolutely required: almost anything other than "I don't know what to say here, I'm dull" will do the trick. It's not so much what you say about yourself it's that you say something.
Something can be where you live and your job if you have one. (Do NOT let me hear you say you're a "boring" stay at home parent!) Your dogs/cats/geckos are always a nice touch.
|"Instant requested full when you mention me, of course"--Duchess of Yowl|
If you don't have that, tell me what kind of books you like to read.
You're introducing yourself at a noisy cocktail party. Tell me something about yourself that you'd want to know about me.
My knee-jerk response to required fields is "and the horse you rode in on" but that's not at all helpful.
|No Janet, it isn't helpful, and what did I ever do to YOU?|
A mailing list sign up once asked for something like ten pieces of information. I filled it out with nonsense, and I'm STILL on the mailing list. I do NOT recommend doing that here.