How To Fill Out Your Author Profile

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Fill out your Profile as best you can

The information here will be used throughout John Hunt Publishing by your designer, the Editorial Coordinator, your publicist and more.

To edit your profile, click Profile In the left-hand side menu. Changes will feed through to the website, when your book appears there. Any changes you make will automatically update on the website too.

Make sure you keep your profile up to date!

If your email is wrong you won’t hear from us at all, which would be disastrous for your publishing process and beyond. If your address is wrong, your free author copies, or any copies of your book you order, will be delivered to the wrong place. If your bio and website links are incorrect, it can a.) look unprofessional to prospective reviewers/press and b.) take a publicist’s time away from publicizing the book, as they are busy updating your profile.

We take data protection and privacy very seriously, and your personal profile details such as residential address, telephone number and email are visible only to yourself and JHP staff.

Fields you need to fill out: Photo Full Name, User Name, Email, Display Name, Phone, Mobile, Fax, Address 1, Address 2 City, Country, State, Postal Code, Website Link, Blog Link, RSS Feed, Facebook Page, Twitter Handle, Full Bio, Short Bio, Previous Books.

Fields in bold feed through to the John Hunt Publishing Website.

Notes on Profile fields

  • Photo This is your author photo so make sure it’s a good one. It’s unlikely we’ll use it on your book itself, but it will feed through and appear on our website. It’s also the photo your publicist will use for promotional purposes.
  • Display Name This is your name that will appear on the website and on the cover of your book. Have you got it right? Check out What’s In An Author’s Name?
  • Street address We need this to send you the free copies of your book (as agreed in your contract), any other books you might want to buy, and to bring your book to the attention of booksellers and media in your region.
  • Links to the web and social media whenever you give a link, include the "http://" Eg
  • Long Bio This feeds through to your profile on the website.
  • Short Bio This will used as the basis for your back-cover copy, sales information, newsletters.
  • Previous Books Include 13-digit ISBNs (starting 978) as well as titles.

How to write a good Author Bio

  • Write it in the third person, e.g. “Peter Field is a leading military historian…”
  • Keep it short, sharp and relevant but don’t forget to include key points that your publicist can use when exchanging information with book reviewers and the press.
  • Include any qualifications, books you have written, your level of expertise, anything that makes you stand out from the crowd. Mention any significant newspapers/magazines to which you contribute regularly.
  • Do not bore with detail. You are selling yourself, so talk about things in a style that helps you to sound plausible and interesting in the marketplace. Remember your key audience when doing so.
  • Do not write about your family, pets or holidays, but do say where you live (e.g. Tulsa, Oklahoma). Shops always want to know, and chain stores may order for stores based around your location.
  • Come across as an an excellent communicator, qualified, original, sharp, engaging, friendly, warm and passionate about your subject.
  • We cannot tailor your author biography for different books. The information here feeds through to the website, and the website is not intelligent enough to match different author bio/details with different titles. If someone in the media asks for your biography, we cannot get into conversations about "which one do you want", so the bio has to suit all your titles.

Long and short bio examples

Long bio Emma Restall Orr

Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) is one of the best-known Druids worldwide. She worked for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for nearly ten years, and in 2002 created the international Druid Network. She is a practising priest and teacher, celebrated for her uncompromising views on ethics, environmentalism and personal responsibility. She regularly lectures at universities and within the Pagan community, and works as a media spokesperson for Druidry. Listen to Emma's answers to BBC's The Big Questions:

Short bio Emma Restall Orr

Emma Restall Orr was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order, and created the international Druid Network. She is a priest, teacher, philosopher and poet, and regularly broadcasts on national media.

Long bio Daniela I. Norris

Daniela I. Norris is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom – inspirational author and speaker. Her award-winning stories, articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Published books:

  • Crossing Qalandiya – Exchanges Across the Israeli Palestinian Divide (Reprtage Press, 2010) – co-authored with Shireen Anabtawi
  • On Dragonfly Wings – a skeptic's journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books, 2014)
  • Collecting Feathers: tales from the Other Side (Soul Rocks Books, 2014)
  • Recognitions (Roundfire Books, 2016)
  • Premonitions (Roundfire Books, 2019)
  • From Last to First (Liberalis, 2020) – co-authored with Jon Salfield

Recognitions, part of a trilogy, is her first novel. Daniela lives with her family near Geneva, Switzerland, and is a founding member and panelist on the International Grief Council panel ( and Inspired Writing Retreat (

Daniela is very active in the international writing community and is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (UK), The Society of Authors (UK) and the Geneva Writers' Group (Switzerland).

After having published two MBS titles with John Hunt Publishing, she is thrilled to join the JHP team, focusing on literary awards and promotion of MBS titles.

Short bio Daniela I. Norris

Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat and political writer turned inspirational author and speaker, is the author of three books of non-fiction, two novels and a collection of short stories. When she doesn't write, read or sleep, she can usually be found at a fencing salle.

How to change your profile picture

  • Save your picture on your home computer (an easy place to save it is on your desktop). Please make sure that the filename does not include special characters such as / ! " etc.
  • Go to your Profile and click on “Choose File” next to your current photo.
  • Select the photo from your hard drive.
  • Click "Save Profile Picture".
  • Your photo will upload!
  • Photos being uploaded should ideally be no more than 20KB in size. If it exceeds 1MB it may not upload to the website, or it may display a distorted image. If you have a photo on your PC, then you will also have a software program that can edit it. The easiest way to edit a photo is to resize, and again, most photo software will ask you if you want to email the photo, or use it online, and will automatically resize to a manageable KB for all online/email use.
  • Photos are important – in social media, it's the first impression, and it counts.
  • Use a white or neutral background, and it should be just you in the picture.
  • If your photo has been professionally taken and the photographer needs a credit, please ask him/her to embed the credit in the photo. Photos travel through to the website, get emailed to magazines, overseas publishers etc., and we do not have the facility to send a credit separately.
  • You can change your photo at any time, as with any other copy in your Profile, and it will travel through to the website.
  • It is not necessary for your picture to be taken by a professional, but we do reserve the right not to include it if it looks too amateurish.
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