The secret of author bios: No cats!

Jason Sizemore at Apex Magazine recently published an essay about author bios titled "You're Boring Me!" As most readers and writers know, author bios are the self promotional blurbs that accompany most short stories and novels. As Jason states, these bios should help a reader learn more about a writer's works, so that said writer can perhaps gain another fan. Unfortunately, too many writers give bios consisting of attempts at humor or slice of life vignettes which, in the end, do not tell readers how to find more info on the author's writings. So the next time a writer feels the need to mention their cats in their author bio--don't!