Great news for writers struggling with the bio section of the query letter. Agent Jessica Faust blogged today about this very topic. She says if you don’t have a writing background other than being involved with a critique group and writing organization, that’s okay. If she’s impressed with the query, she might not even read the bio. However, if you have experience with the subject you’re writing about or if you’ve recently won awards for your writing, you should include those because that might be enough to convince the agent (if she’s on the fence) to request more material.
Does that help or confuse us more? I’m glad she’s okay with us mentioning critique groups and awards. I’ve recently been instructed to not include those things. I guess it’s all subjective, just like everything else in this business.
What have you heard about query letter bios?