Just a bit of fun today,
OK get yourself in the zone, you’ve secured your agent, you’ve secured your publisher, all the editing has been completed and now the book is about to be published. You’ve been asked to supply an author photo for the dust jacket (is there an e-version of this?) what do you supply? (Let’s ignore the fact you might not get a say and that printed books may be on the way out!)
Now let yourself go with this – what kind of pose are you going to go for? Are you going to make like classical painters and include items in your photo that depict what kind of person you are inside? Will you be sitting, standing, lying down?
To my mind there are far too many author pics showing very intelligent looking people in glasses sitting in their study surrounded by incredibly intellectual books. Authors are supposed to be creative creatures, so it would be so much more interesting if there was a bit more quirkiness.
A fellow twitterer asked me what I’d go for and off the top of my head I said ‘Steampunk dress, carrying a massive bazooka’. It has nothing whatsoever to do with my story – but so much the better.
So what’s your dust jacket pose?