Usually I manage to avoid it pretty easily. Hang around in the background. Don’t make myself too obvious. That way, I can be sure the furious gaze of the camera won’t be directed towards me.
But there are times when being photographed is unavoidable. Most of them tend to be family related moments when you just have to grin and bear it. But every so often, there’s a specific requirement for a specific type of photograph.
I recently had one such situation. Due to my new arrangement with Evolved Publishing, I had to provide an author photo. Bad enough that I had to submit myself to the torture of getting photographed. But what made it even more difficult was the idea of creating an author photo.
What exactly does an author photo look like? What am I supposed to do that will specifically say to anyone viewing it “This person is an author”? I had no idea. I even tried to do some research, to look at other examples of author photos, but that wasn’t much help. There were so many different types of authors, and I had no idea which one I was.
Some authors are serious. They write serious books, and so their photos are also suitably serious. But I don’t see that as being me. And besides, when I try to look too serious I end up looking constipated.
Other authors are funny. They might do funny, whacky sorts of photos. Maybe this suits me better. After all, my books are at least intended to be funny. But I just can’t bring myself to do whacky for the camera. It doesn’t feel right.
In the end, I try to think of the best way I can categorise my stories. I think my stories are friendly. They’re easy and fun to read and make you feel good (again hopefully). That’s the sort of author picture I need. A friendly author picture.
So, after numerous attempts, I end up with a picture. I send it in. It’s now up on the Evolved website – you can look at it if you want. Hopefully I look at least a little bit friendly. Hopefully, 9 months before my book is released, I’m not already scaring the punters away.
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