I am working on my query letter for a YA novel and have a question about what to include in my writing bio. In the past three years I’ve been published in five ‘feel-good’ anthologies and paid for each story. I’ve won several awards in writing contests, including a first in fiction and the overall “best in show” award. I’ve been accepted to a prestigious writing program. I spent the first 25 years of my career as a business writer in marketing and advertising. Will any of this information prompt a busy agent to read the first ten pages?
I can’t guarantee that the information you provided will “prompt a busy agent to read the first ten pages” since only your blurb will really do that, but I think all of that is great information for the bio, information that shows you are serious about your writing career and that you’ve already had some success.