Writing Non-Fiction: Author Bio

Recently, I wrote about the type of platform you need if you want to write non-fiction and how to go about building it if you don’t already have it. One thing I couldn’t find enough of when I was writing my first non-fiction proposals was actual examples of proposals that sold. So, I want to share one of mine with you, piece by piece.

Today, I’m going to show you the Author Bio section from my non-fiction proposal for Saturday Millionaires: Why College Athletes Will Never be Paid and Other Untold Truths About the Business of College Football (due out with Wiley in July 2013). For those who know a little about me, I wrote this proposal and sold this book prior to getting my position at ESPN.

Author Bio

I am currently a practicing attorney and a sports business analyst for Forbes, Comcast Sports Southeast, The Pulse Network and Arkansas Radio Network, as well as the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com. I am a frequent guest lecturer in sports business/marketing/administration programs and have appeared as a panelist at a number of conferences, including the Harvard Sports Law Symposium. I also appear on local and national radio shows on a near daily basis to talk about the business of college sports.

My website, BusinessofCollegeSports.com, has established itself as the leading source for information and analysis on the business of college sports. The site is linked to weekly by national outlets like ESPN, CBS Sports and NBC Sports. In addition, numerous executives in college athletic departments and at the NCAA frequent the site. Here is what some of them have had to say about my content on BusinessofCollegeSports.com:

“I recently discovered the Business of College Sports blog via Twitter & have become a daily consumer of the site. I love Kristi’s approach and her understanding of the complexities of our unique enterprise. She ‘gets it’ and that is a fresh perspective in today’s world.” –Ross Bjork, Western Kentucky University, Director of Athletics

“Looking forward to the book from Kristi Dosh, because she has the best understanding of college sport finances.”–Ben Jay, Ohio State University, Senior Associate Athletic Director – Finance & Operations

“So much college athletics financial analysis these days is agenda-based, with writers too often seeking marginalize or even demonize those who have different perspectives. However, Kristi Dosh, who bills herself as the SportsBizMiss, approaches her subject matter in an open, analytical and reasonable manner. . . . As a practicing attorney, Dosh knows her way around resources and is skilled at accumulating and displaying information that generally informs rather than inflames. All the while, she keeps the reading experience eclectic and enjoyable.” – David Pickle, NCAA, Director of Digital Communications

The site is frequented by national sports media personalities as well. I join the Tim Brando Show frequently to talk about the latest in sports business. I have also appeared recently on a number of other nationally-syndicated and satellite radio shows discussing the business of college athletics including Rivals Radio and College Football Playbook.

When I’m not talking or writing about sports, I’m a finance attorney. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

I am also a soon-to-be published author. My nonfiction book, Balancing Baseball: How Collective Bargaining Has Changed the Major Leagues, is due out with McFarland & Company in early 2012.  I have also contributed to two anthologies: Atlanta Braves Annual 2011 (Maple Street Press; February 2011) and Major League Obsession (in progress).

Check back soon for my Marketing Plan section.


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