The Author Photo – Silly or Significant?
Do readers really care about an author’s photo? Everyone know it’s the cover, the description and content that sell a book, right? All true. But in today’s book-selling marketplace, unless your name is James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, or another NYT best selling author, you have to do your own marketing.
Where do you do this?
The Internet. You take advantage of popular social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, Google plus, Pinterest, and Goodreads. You go begging for reviews and interviews that will appear on other people sites.
What do people see first on these sites? Not just your book. Your face!
Yes, your mug makes the first impression. If you’re an author trying to market his/her books, I recommend getting a professional shot. My father used to tell me, “If you want to be successful, you have to look successful.” I always suspected that was how he justified the new cars he drove and the expensive clothes he wore, but it remains good advice.
Have your photo done, and look the part of an author who’s already achieved fame.
1. Before you book a photographer, check out his/her work.
2. Don’t be shy about having your face digitally improved! You want to look like you, but make sure your photo represents the very best you.
3. If you can’t afford a professional, have a friend take some shots for you. Take a lot of them, in different poses, clothing and with different backgrounds. Then you’ll be sure to have one that works.
4. Unless you’re writing erotica, I’d advise staying away from sexy clothing or poses. Once more, the aim is to look professional.
5. If you’re trying to build an online platform, all the more reason for the professional photo. Pictures of your kids, your wedding, or that fun shot you took in a photo booth send a different message. Reserve those for Facebook or your website. You’re an author, look like one.
I’m sorry my posts have been erratic, but I’ve been busy getting my second novel, Relative Malice, up and running.
I was advised early in my writing career to get a professional photo done. When I saw the proofs, my first thought was, “Who is that old woman?” Luckily we’d taken enough shots that there were a few that flattered me!
Whether we like to admit it or not, we make judgments about people by our reaction to their faces. Everyone does it. Show people a face they'd like to get to know.
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