Author Tips

Author Bio

The bio requested in the Author Questionnaire will be included in your book.

Requirements: Your author bio must be a complete, concise (no more than 250 words) autobiographical statement in the third person. Include your previous writing experience, as well as any pertinent information about your educational background, professional expertise, or interests/hobbies. All examples below are under 250 words (Carolyn’s is 249!).

When writing your bio, consider the following: What is your connection with the destination? Your bio should reflect the book’s region or coverage. Have you had any interesting or unique (positive) experiences in your book’s region?

Author Photo

This photo will be included in your book and used with publicity materials or to accompany any content excerpted on

Requirements: Photos must be in color with high resolution (i.e. 300 dpi and printable at 2” x 3”). If you’re unfamiliar with photo specs, the bigger the better. Attach your photo separately in an email.

  • DO try to provide a photo taken “on location” in your destination.
  • DO appear comfortable and friendly in your photo. A casual snapshot is more appealing to our audience than a posed, portrait-style photo.
  • DO make certain we can see your face (please take off those sunglasses!)
  • DON’T wear clothing with recognizable logos or slogans (…however, DO wear clothing! We know you might be somewhere tropical, but please put on a shirt or top for your photo.)
  • DON’T take a photo in midday sun. Try and avoid harsh shadows by having both you and your photographer stand in the shade.

In selecting your photo, think of other author photos you have seen in published works and consider your own reactions to them. Visualize your photo as it would appear not only in your own book, but also next to a magazine or newspaper article about your book.