Try to establish in your first few words what kind of writer you want to be known as. For example, if you’ve written both poetry and short fiction but believe most strongly in your poetry then state that you’re a poet and leave the stories until a few sentences in. If you’re an early career writer then you should include your most significant published material to date, which could be work that’s appeared in magazines or a pamphlet-length publication. Highlight if your work has appeared in a range of outlets to show that different editors have accepted you. Writers of one or two books should add their titles, especially if they’re recent publications, but more experienced writers need to be selective. If you’ve written ten novels then you don’t have space to name them all. Pick out the most recent plus any others that have been especially well-received or achieved recognition.
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