Writing Your Proposal — Your Author Profile

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    We use the information in your profile

    The information you submit here helps us make a decision on your proposal, and if we offer you a contract, feed through to our website and help us market your book. Your Long and Short Author Bios, Photo, and Social Media connections are particularly important.

    Fields you need to fill out (fields in bold feed through to the John Hunt Publishing website): 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.

    Author 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.
    Use a white or neutral background, and it should be just you in the picture. Please make sure it is in portrait format (height greater than width), not landscape (width greater than height), otherwise it will appear sideways.
    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.

    Display Name

    This is your name that will appear on the website and on the cover of your book. Remember:

    • Present your name consistently in all your work (books, websites, etc).
    • Avoid using a pseudonym.
    • Check for existing authors with the same name as you.

    For more guidance on picking your name, click here.

    Street address

    We need this to send you the free copies of your book (if we offer you a contract) and to bring your book to the attention of booksellers and media in your region.

    Remember, your location will be needed/ automatically used for sales and marketing purposes; however, should you have concerns with the use of this information, please get in touch with the Editorial & Production forum/Contract queries. We can assist your concerns from there.

    Social Media Links

    Links to the web and social media. Please give us the full web address (include the "http://"), Eg http://linkedin.com/in/william-ferraiolo-1b5621123.
    Include your social media numbers (connections, followers, etc.).

    Author Full Bio

    This feeds through to your profile on the website.

    Author Short Bio

    This will used as the basis for your back-cover copy, sales information, newsletters.

    Include 13-digit ISBNs (starting 978) as well as titles. Include how many copies you have sold.

    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 bio has to suit all your titles.

    Keep your information up to date and accurate!

    You can edit your profile at any time. Information that feeds through to the website will be updated immediately.

    • 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.

    Data protection

    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.

    Don’t add anything to your profile that you wouldn’t want shared internally.

    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 practicing 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: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kc2l1/The_Big_Que…
    • Short bio 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 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 (www.internationalgriefcouncil.org) and Inspired Writing Retreat (www.inspiredwritingretreat.org) 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. She lives in Bern, Switzerland.
    • Short bio Daniela I. Norris, is a former diplomat and political writer turned inspirational author and speaker. When she doesn’t write, read or sleep, she can usually be found at a fencing salle. She lives in Bern, Switzerland.

    How do I edit my profile?

    To edit your profile, click Profile in the left-hand menu.

    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. Please make sure that your photograph is in portrait format (height greater than width), not landscape. Please also make sure that your head is central in the photograph; the system automatically cuts off the top and bottom of the photograph when it transfers to the website.
    • 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.
    • 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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