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Ok, here's a question.

My DBF is a great writer, and he's also a lucky dude who gets to do it pretty much full time (oh, how I envy him!!). Anyway, he's starting to have some success and is getting published in some literary journals, things like that.

He's reluctant to give a bio indicating where he's been published before. He wants to just put down "Joe Blow lives and writes in His City, TX." I think it's really important to have something in his bio about where he's been published before, because I think that could make a difference if someone reads it and wants to contact him about maybe reprinting it, or... I don't know. It just seems to add a little more credibility when you can say you've been published.

I asked him why he didn't want to include a bio, and the answer was "I dunno, I just don't."

What do you guys think? What are the arguments for--and against--indicating prior publications in your bio?

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