Dear Miss Snark:
I got asked for another partial. The agency wants a bio, synopsis, 30 pages. I got the 30 pages and synopsis part down, (mix both equally with uncut gin), but I'm stymied on the bio. There was a short bio in my query, an award, some short stories that are out there - nothing very exciting.
What more do they want? Should the bio be on a separate page? Do they want to know my degrees? What kind of jobs I've worked at? Whether I like sushi? How many cats, dogs, kids and husbands I have? Where I live? Whether I can surf? If I've ever been arrested?
They're looking for publicity and marketing fodder. Have you been published. Do you have an interesting element in your bio that can be used as a hook for media interest (Stephen King's manicurist! Miss Snark's gin delivery van driver! Paula Abdul's love slave!).
Yes it should be on a separate page
Degrees: sure, but unless you went to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets ...err..Poetics...will they really be interested
Jobs: sure, particularly if they relate to the book (example: Elaine Viets uses her jobs for a a hook with her "Dead End Jobs" mystery series).
Sushi: only if you know a better place than I do
Menagerie: too cutesy for my taste but you can't go wrong with puppies and kitties
Kids and Husband: only if the number exceeds 5 for kids and 1 for spouse (concurrently).
Surfing: only if you mean water and include a picture of you in a wetsuit and you look good
Arrest: oh please, who hasn't!