Monday, February 7, 2011

I Need an Author Photo?

I have been reading Anne Mini's blog recently. She has tons of information about writing and publishing. It's excellent and you should go check it out here. Her posts are really long, but definitely worth it.

She posted about book beginnings and endings, but before she got to that, she wrote about author photos. Something I haven't given much thought about as I don't have an agent or a contract. Yet, she lays out a couple of thoughts that I found interesting and decided to share.

Get your author photo early. You never know when you'll land a contract or an agent and they want a photo of you pronto. Also, who has a photo that they actually want anyone to see? Her advice, get one now.

Choose a shot that matches your book. Is it funny YA? The photo should be light and fun. Is it dark and mysterious? Your photo should reflect that as well. You may also need a photo for an author bio. It should reflect your personality and be book appropriate.

This is her advice. Interesting, huh? So, come on all, get out there and get your photos taken. If you live in the Salt Lake area, I know a good one. Check out Black Pearl Photography. But wait for me to call her first. I am NOT photogenic and I may need an additional session.

Have you got your author photo?


  1. I'm a little worried about this one...I don't consider myself photogenic either. I have an agent, but I'm going to wait until I get a book deal (hopefully) before getting a photo done. I get the idea of taking one eraly, though to get your face out there...I'm just a little scared to be honest.

  2. I love the photo you have on your blog. Not only do you look nice but the peeling paint on the building behind you adds character.

  3. Ugh. I hate having my picture taken. :-)

  4. I don't have one yet! But it does sound like pretty good advice ~ especially the ones to sort of match your book.

    And hey, I haven't been to her blog, nor The Lipstick Wars, so thanks for the linkage!

  5. I totally don't have one because I hate taking my picture. But it is a good idea to have one ready. I love your picture, though! You're so beautiful, Shari!

  6. my photos were all taken by my children who are 4 and 7... but it's on the list.

  7. My kids have taken my photos before. They're more patient than my hubby. :-)

    I love the photo on your blog. I think it's a keeper.

  8. Oooohhh, this is great info Shari! I hadn't thought of the photo before.


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