Dear Miss Snark ~
Upon doing a search of your blog I could not find a post pertaining to my question, so I thought I would bare my neck before your stiletto heels and ask.
Namely, when one is writing a fiction query letter to an agent (errr...fiction query letter??) do you feel it is important to include biographical information ... if there is nothing in one's biography remotely interesting? Many how-to sites strongly advise including a bio, but I am not published, I have no credentials, and I don't know anybody famous. I really don't think an agent will care that I train border collies and shoot a longbow, since that's not what my book is about, and the fact that I've read in my chosen genre since I was 10 does not sound terribly relevant to a sales pitch.
Do you have any advice or suggestions for the biography-impaired new author?
Well, I think it's quite interesting that you know what a long bow IS, and you know how to shoot one. I don't care if you're writing about computer crime, that's still an interesting thing to know about you. Also, despite the horrifying lapse of not having poodles, the fact that you like dogs is a plus.
Part of telling me this in your Query Letter for Fiction is to give me an inkling of who you are. If you have a crackerjack novel, we're going to be working together for many productive years I hope, and knowing you are adept with weapons of medieval mass destruction is good to know.
PS Killer Yapp wonders if border collies read Haberdashery for Dogs?