When it comes time to write author bios and book descriptions, it can be a chore for authors.
They are necessary for publishing a book, but finding inspiration and ideas is not always easy.
Well, here is a way to make the task a little easier.
With some help from artificial intelligence (AI) tools, you can build outlines to help you.
Artificial intelligence automated writing tools are everywhere now. I’m sure you have read many articles about their impact on writing.
While I’m certainly not an advocate of using these tools to write and publish content, they can be beneficial in giving you ideas.
For drafting author bios, AI tools can help you find topics, sentence structures, and information to build an outline.
Here’s a quick example using ChatGPT. You can see that my prompt was, can you write an author bio?
The result makes it easy to replace the author’s name and change some of the information to suit.
For my next attempt, I changed the request to ask for a bio for a science fiction author.
Again, the result returns a few useful ideas, so it’s a good starting point for you to edit and rewrite.
You can get many more ideas if you experiment with different prompts.
Working on book descriptions
Writing book descriptions is never an easy task.
You don’t want a simple summary, but finding ways to add interest takes some effort.
When I experimented with AI, I was surprised at the quality of the results.
The sample book descriptions were coherent and grammatically acceptable.
It’s best to try different inputs to suit your book because each variation produces a different result.
But here are a couple of results that I found interesting.
When I changed the genre in my subsequent request, the result was certainly not a copy of the same structure.
However, it used a question in the second last paragraph, as in my first example, so it was a bit formulaic.
If you struggle with ideas, you can see how AI tools such as ChatGPT or Bing Chat can help you map out the elements in your book description.
Yes, both of my examples end with the same hook line.
But that’s quite easy to modify to suit your book.
Apart from that weakness, the texts can give you a good basis to develop different versions of your book descriptions.
AI writing tools are getting smarter
When you start experimenting with artificial intelligence writing tools, the results can be surprising.
In the past, these tools scanned the Internet for content and rephrased or spun the words and phrases they found.
But today, the tools are much more intelligent and can deliver far better original results.
Do you want to write a poem?
It’s not the best poem I have read. But then again, it only took seven seconds to write.
Can AI write a blog post? It’s a tempting idea.
When you get results like this, you can see that AI writing is improving at quite a pace.
But even for these longer forms, it’s the same as helping you write author bios and book descriptions.
These tools can help you with ideas, and that’s the best use for them.
Publishing AI Writing Is A Bad Option
Yes, it’s so tempting when you see the quality of writing that AI tools can produce.
Depending on your tool or tools, they can generate anything from a short bio to a blog post, essay, or even a full-length novel.
Can you imagine how easy it would be to churn out ten, twenty, or more articles or blog posts every day?
It would be the end of creative writing if this were to happen.
Luckily, some measures of control are being put in place to combat the widespread use of copy, paste and publish AI material.
Google now classes content such as this as “spammy automatically-generated content.”
Text generated through automated processes without regard for quality or user experience.
Text generated using automated synonymizing, paraphrasing, or obfuscation techniques.
What is unclear is how Google identifies automated text. Yes, it has powerful algorithms, and in particular, its helpful content updates.
But from what I notice using Google Search, some of what I think are automatically generated articles are still being indexed and ranked.
Identifying AI writing
Another initiative is watermarking AI text. It would work by embedding a signal indicating from where the text came.
While it’s not effective as yet, it is a sign that there is a genuine concern.
When you think about all the online publishing platforms and options available today, AI text poses a real problem.
I’m sure Amazon is considering measures, but at present, there is no mention of automated content in its terms and conditions.
However, I have read some articles about successfully publishing AI-written ebooks on Kindle. So, unfortunately, I’m sure it is happening.
Publishing 100% AI writing is a gamble, but some will do it. The problem is that it is simply too easy.
Writers can only hope that limitations will be put in place to protect creative writing.
AI writing tools can help you by generating ideas to write author bios, book descriptions, and online articles.
You can often find a topic you missed in an article or a better way to structure your text.
I don’t use them a lot. But from time to time, if I’m struggling with new writing topics, they can be helpful.
Can these tools replace you as a writer?
Hopefully, the answer is no.
But I have to hedge my bets because, as yet, I’m not sure search engines and publishing platforms have the ability to differentiate.
New technology always disrupts, and this is another example.
However, I’m sure that in the near future, counter-technology will prevail to continue to reward human writing.
For the moment, though, it’s a challenge.
All I can say is to use these tools wisely to help you write better and more informative content.
But don’t rely on them to write for you. Because if you do, you will no longer be a writer.
Related reading: Five Weak Words You Should Always Avoid Using In Your Author Bios