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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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

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

Writing a News Release (aka Press Release) is easy when you know the formula. It is a standard format that makes the job of the journalist efficient.

Authors can use News Releases to announce new titles, events, or highlight aspects of their work in progress.

The ‘trick’ to having your News Release picked up by media is filling in the blanks with interesting and mistake-free content. (The chances of your News Release being published are greater with local publications. If you’ve set your sites on national or world news coverage, a professional publicist is well worth his / her fee.)

Each element of the News Release, and where it belongs, is highlighted with purple arrows below. (Sample text is from a News Release for CyberPatriot team recruiting.)

At the bottom of this post, is a FREE PDF download of the 6 Elements of a News Release and links to additional Author Media Kit articles.

6 Elements

CyberPatriot is a National Youth Education Program. It was created by the Air Force Association to “inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

CyberPatriot sponsors include Northrop Grumman Foundation, AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Norton, and Facebook. If teams advance high enough, they qualify for all expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition and for scholarships.

Recruiting for new teams begins in April. If you are interested in becoming a CyberPatriot Volunteer Mentor for your group or school, visit the CyberPatriot website for outreach materials.

The program also offers elementary school education and summer camps as well as the NYCDC program.

 

Resource Links:

Video Link: CyberPatriot IX: Securing Networks, Securing Futures

Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program website

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Resources:
Anatomy of a News Release PDF – free download
Media College – Journalism – Press Release Format
Ingredients of a Press Kit – Entrepreneur
14 Definitions You Need to Know When Creating an Author Media Kit – The Book Designer
Entire Coaching Cyber Defenders article

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