Creating a Fun Facts Page for your Media Kit

Can you recite the alphabet backward? Have you bungee jumped over the Rio Grande, eaten insects, or dressed in a chicken suit?

Fun Facts open playful gateway connections with your audience.

The factoids you share should blend with your writing subject. The academician or nonfiction author wishing to book speaking engagements might choose conference opening style ice-breakers.  A Wattpad anime writer might choose topics relating to video games, demons, or angels.

Your Fun Facts page should be separate from the other professional pieces in your Media Kit.  Candid, casual photos can be included.

YouTubers, bloggers, talk show hosts, radio, or podcast interviewers will value the ready-made conversation openers. Readers and fans contacting you through your website will also appreciate the friendly effort.

Examples of Famous People Fun Facts

  • As a child, James Earl Jones had a stutter.  Embarrassed, he barely spoke for eight years.
  • Before his fame, JRR Tolkien worked a dictionary etymologist. An etymologist studies the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning changes over time.
  • Nicholas Cage had a pet octopus.
  • Irish novelist James Joyce was an agoraphobic. Astrophobia is an intense fear of thunder and lightning. Biographers speculate that Catholic teachers ignited the fear by telling him they were signs of God’s fury.
  • Philip K. Dick has become a robot (created by Hanson Robotics).
  • Jules Verne was shot in the shin by his nephew, Gaston in 1886.  As a result, Verne walked with a limp for the rest of his life and Gaston was committed to an insane asylum.
  • David Bowie had a permanently dilated left eye. When he was fifteen, he got in a fight over a girl.
  • Mel Blanc, the voice actor for Bugs Bunny was in a serious car accident leaving him in a coma. After unsuccessful attempts to rouse him, the doctor asked, “Bugs can you hear me?” Blanc answered, “What’s up,  Doc?” By speaking to his characters, the doctor was able to communicate with him until he came out of the coma.
  • George Eliot was the male pen name for Mary Ann Evans. Her titles include; Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner.
  • A balding Sean Connery wore a hairpiece when filming his Bond movies.
  • George Clooney is a half-first cousin five times removed from President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Martin Luther King, a Star Trek fan, convinced actress Nichelle Nichol (Lt. Nyota Uhura) to remain on the show when she thought about working on Broadway in 1966.
  • Jimi Hendrix and Vangelis, Chariots of Fire and  Blade Runner composer, could not read music.
While creating pieces for your Media Kit may feel like having a root canal. Generating a Fun Fact page …is FUN! If you get stuck, ask your friends and family to help. If you have an online community, and you’re brave, ask them to join in too!
Additional reading;
Books on the wall – 150 Interesting Facts About Our Famous Authors (Infographic)
Interesting Literature – 100 Interesting Facts about Famous Authors
Reader’s Digest – Fun Facts about Famous Authors
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News Release Blank Form

Need a fill-in form for a news release? Look no further. Copy and paste the text below. Fill in your own information and you’re ready to make news.

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Month, Day, Year

 

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Contact: Name

e-mail

snail mail

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Here’s the same information, downloadable in docx, and pdf.

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Seedling Cultivation during 2018 Open Studios Tour – Nevada County Language Arts

 

Nevada County student writers shine in the Seedlings chapbook. Seedlings is a Sierra Writers publication featuring winning entries from the 2018 Young Writers Competition (YWC).

On the first weekend of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour, studio #30 (off Newtown & Discovery Roads) will feature the chapbook. “Seedlings will help area teachers prepare students for the 2019 competition and give tour attendees a chance to appreciate the young literary talent growing in the community,” says Lisa Redfern.

Redfern is a Deer Creek artist and member of Sierra Writers. In addition to showcasing YWC student writing, she will be displaying her own literary art (personal monsters) as well as her Life on the Creek series.

Lisa Redfern will be displaying personal monsters art and promoting YWC 2019 on October 13-14, the first weekend of Open Studios Tour.

Students have five months to compose and polish prose for a chance to win cash awards and publication in the 2019 Seedlings chapbook. Prizes range from $100 to $25 depending on the grade of the entrant.

YA author Km Culbertson presiding over 2018 May reading and award event at the Open Book

Support for the YWC is generated through Sierra Writers membership dues, donations collected at monthly meetings, book exchange and literary events. Chapbook printing and production is funded through program sponsorships.

Nevada County middle and high school Language Arts teachers are encouraged to attend the tour to pick up competition guidelines and winning entry samples.

From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both days, Lisa will be available to share information and answer questions about the Young Writers Competition and sponsorship opportunities.

Websites

SierraWriters.org – 2019 Young Writers Competition (YWC)
FollowingDeerCreek.com – a story-based study of the Deer Creek Watershed
LittleMountainPublishing.biz – Redfern’s books & short stories

Custom made to order prints & houseware items.

 

ScoreIt! a Writers Resource

One of the most difficult tasks for any author is stepping away from their work and giving it a critical product-based assessment.

Here’s an app that takes some of the guesswork out of audience identification.

ScoreIt!™’s engineering leverages the cutting edge science of stylometry, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify underlying patterns of language structure in any given text. Statistical analyses are then applied to identify those significant patterns that define one author’s writing style as compared to another…. In broad terms, each submission is evaluated and weighted for its 1) grammatical construction; 2) authorial vocabulary; 3) expressive complexity and 4) use of function words.”

After putting my recent title through the ScoreIt! system, I was pleased with the results.

Read more about my ScoreIt! analysis and the Book Giveaway based on the data.

Paranormal Book Cover Design Elements

Hindsight and fresh ‘enchilada’ wrappers open the door to effective paranormal book cover design.

If a writer’s journey begins with an idea and a few words, it concludes with multiple themes stacked like warm blankets atop a winter bed, bound together with colorful character threads.  The entire package, encompassing thousands of hours and hundreds and pages is wrapped by a thin layer of decorated cover stock that is supposed to, pictorially, represent the whole ‘enchilada.’

Read the entire article here.

Fiction Author Biography – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part Three

When it comes to writing about themselves, authors usually languish. This post will help overcome Author Biography writing reluctance.

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The Author Biography page on your website is a piece of your media kit that should be created before someone asks for it. 

While not as dynamic as a tweet or Facebook post, it needs to be updated regularly, especially when you’ve created new work. On your website, this page can be the ‘long version’ that every short version springs from.

Journalists, publicists, author appearance schedulers, and blog interviewers are just a few of the people who will pull information from this source.

Nonfiction Author Bio

A nonfiction author, with the aim of booking speaking engagements, will lean heavily on experience that lends authority to his / her topic. This type of author biography should adhere to business communications style and standards.

Fiction Author Bio

A fiction writer, memoirist, actor, or artist will have a softer approach, connecting with their audience on a personal level.

Author Biography Writing Steps

  1. Begin with a connecting statement, something your reading audience can relate too. This can be a hobby, belief, lifelong interest, etc. (Something that relates to your writing topics.)
  2. Details. This section is about the areas in which you are an expert, inside information that your book(s) didn’t cover,  or challenges you’ve faced.
  3. Authority. Education, experience, and publication credits (magazines, anthologies,  or awards).
  4. Additional titles you’ve published.
  5. Where you live.
  6. Option; endearing information about spouses and children or pets.
  7. Website & contact information.

Your published work is an opportunity for a reader to view the world with a fresh perspective. Your Author Biography builds trust and establishes you as a writer/creator with a unique perspective. It also sets a tone for how you conduct the business aspects of your career.

Investing the time to write your Bio –  well – before it is needed, will return long-term dividends.

*If this post helped you write an Author Bio that you are pleased with, feel free to post a short version of it in the comments section below.

Personality Tests

123test.com – personality test

Oprah.com – Who Am I Meant to Be?

Quibblo.com – What’s Your Personality Type

Quibblo.com – What’s Your Affinity

Other Blog Posts to Read

6 Elements of a News Release – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part Two

100 Unusual Interview Questions – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part One

Resources:

Book in a Box – How to Write Your Author Bio (and Why it Matters) – examples
Dan Blank – The Daily Practice of Growing Your Audience
Forbes – Professional Bio Template

Hubspot – 6 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen
Jane Friedman – Build a Better Author Bio for  Twitter
Template Lab – 45 MS Word Template Downloads

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Back in 2012 when I had been blogging for two years, I had gotten to know the blogging community pretty well through top sites for bloggers like Copyblogger, which has since turned into a multi-faceted media and software company. I was struck at the time by the almost total disconnect between authors, who were learning…

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