Friday, 9 September 2011

The dreaded author photograph

The updated version of my bullying book is out and I hate the author picture. I wanted to look authorative, stylish, approachable.

Instead I look like none of those things. My head is so big I look like a Gonk* (a small, furry soft toy).

I read somewhere that readers like authors to look friendly, so you should smile in the picture. I tried that and ended up looking like a grinning buffoon.

I took the smile down a notch and realised I looked like the kind of woman who buried men under her patio. 

Not my author photo
Speaking to other writers I know I’m not alone in dreading that author picture.

The autors who actually seem to like theirs, or, at least feel okay about theirs, have:
  1. Gotten their photo done professionally.
  2. Or been born looking like a model.
How did my photo turn out? Guess you’ll have to buy the book.

But, I will tell you one thing – the picture was taken on a bad day and from my bad side not my good side. And, oh, since it was taken I have morphed into Jennifer Aniston.

To read more about Gonks, visit the Gonk Appreciation Socity on Facebook.

6 comments:

  1. Now you've made me wonder what your author pic looks like. The one you've used on this blog looks fab, wish I looked as good. I see you're a Pitlochry Quaich winner. I won it twice over, can't enter any more because I'm published now. I've already added your book to my TBR list and will watch out for it when it's published.

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  2. I thought the slabs on your patio were rather uneven...

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  3. You've made me giggle. Thank you. So glad I'm not the only one to hate their photo.

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  4. Thanks Chris, Fiona and Louise. Chris, the one on my blog was taken a wee while ago now:)

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  5. I'm not keen on any photo that I've had taken. I don't think I'd care too much if it was on the inside cover on a published novel. One day.....hopefully!

    Funny post, Jennifer. Gave your other blog a follow. :-)

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