Yesterday, I decided to take a few snapshots to see what kind of “author photo” I wanted. I’d always thought I’d use the one on my profile, but I couldn’t find the original jpg, and, well, I wanted to see if I could do something different. Um, well….it didn’t turn out so well. I am not photogenic, and worse, I can’t be still, and I keep either laughing, or jiggling around, or moving at the last minute, or, as you can see from this photo below–I don’t know what the heck was happening here – bed-head and it looks as if I’ve gotten into the vodka or something…geez (Good Man Roger said, “You aren’t going to put up that photo!” I said, “Um…I dunno.”
Or, if I was to use a “stand in” like this one below, I’d be saying…well…not sure what I’d be saying:
I always thought I’d just snap some goofy photo and be done with it. I never thought about how readers would look at the photo and associate it with the contents of my book. But, that makes sense. Huhn.
There’s so much to learn from a first book out. It’s an interesting process. And sometimes you feel as if you are tumbling around. I mean, my title is different from what it was (but I knew that would happen! My titles, well, sucked…), the cover is different from what I thought – but I adore my cover and as soon as I saw it I didn’t need to see another one-perfect!, so they sure know what they are doing there! My author photos where I thought I’d act goofy-like I wanted a “sixties movie star look” where I had a scarf and sun glasses and red red lipstick – um, it didn’t work either – it says “stop taking photos now…NOW NOW!”
(google stock images from forum.electricpicnic.ie, http://www.cjreport.com/)