When I was at RWA in Atlanta this year. I looked somewhere in between the two photos. I think I look like my author photo. I’m a little thinner now than I was in the picture but you can still tell that that’s me. Right? Well, I had two (TWO!) people tell me that I looked much better in person than I did in my pictures. To which I thought (WTF!) hmm….
I thought I looked pretty good in my author picture. Okay, so I wasn’t really happy with my hair that day but I like it. And at least those two people did recognize my from my picture alone.
While I was in Atlanta this year I saw a lot of the authors that I have read throughout the years and many many of them looked NOTHING like their photos.
These were the common offensives that I noticed…
Author photos that were taken twenty years ago. I know professional pictures can be costly but you don’t want anybody to say, “Damn she looks old in person.”
Gained or lost massive amounts of weight. Goes without saying. Weight changes affect your looks drastically. I know we often don’t want to be photographed when we aren’t looking our best, but there is nothing wrong with representing yourself the way you are.
Super glamour shots. I’m all for a little glam. Hell, I’m all for a lot of glam. But unless you’re going to go around glammed up keep it real.
Other than that, everybody looked great. What do yout think? What advice would you give about author photos.