Let me start off by saying that I do not like having my picture taken. I always look weird. Either I’ve got a goofy smile or I’m looking away from the camera, laughing at something off-scene. Or, if I’m posing, I’m very self-conscious and it shows. I just don’t take good pictures.
And, yet, authors have to take pictures. Some take wonderful pictures -- they’re lying on a motorcycle, leaning against a barn door, relaxing on a couch in the middle of a country road, or just looking thoughtfully into the camera.
Some author pictures are on the inside flap -- small head shots that make them look studious or expert-like. Some best-selling authors plaster their whole body on the back of the book.
And then there are those of us who would rather remain sight-unseen.
My publisher told me I need a short bio and picture for the book due out in March.
I’ve been putting off calling a photographer for a week now. So far, the publisher has not called and told me that he’s changed his mind and I won’t need to have one taken. That means I’m going to have to schedule a sitting and have one done.
What do you suggest? Head shot? Looking straight at the camera? Profile? I’d prefer back of my head, frankly.
What have you done for your author picture?
6 months ago