I have a new book coming out soon. Charming the Devil will hit the shelves on January 26th. I’m considering making new bookmarks for it, because my last publicity photo makes me look like a realtor. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against realtors, I just have zilch ability to sell houses. So I thought maybe it was time for a change. That’s why I did a little research to try to figure out what I wanted. But comparing authors’ pictures is like comparing apples to chimpanzees. There’s a wide variety.
Some novelists go for the straight-forward face shot. If you have a face like Shana Aba that’s great. I sat next to her at a book signing once. It was extremely depressing, because not many of us get to have her face.
Authors frequently have their photo sessions done with something they love. Apparently Mary Janice Davidson loves footwear. I’m assuming Robert Parker has a thing for his dog.
Nevada Barr sometimes goes for the natural look, but no one wants to see how I look naturally.
Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb, can pull off drama. But I gotta tell you, if I were as successful as Nora, I wouldn't want an alias. I'd be Nora 24/7.
A few brave authors set their sites on sex appeal. I assume that’s what Rosemary Rogers was aiming at here.
Kim Harrison seems to be telling us something about her books...or she has a gravestone fetish.
Most of us seem to want pictures that tell something about ourselves. When I mentioned this to my daughter, she said, “I’ll go get the horses cleaned up.”
So there you have it. It’s almost impossible to portray the real me without including the equine species. That’s why my boy Sage appears on every potential publicity photo I currently have to choose from. But I still don’t know which one to use. Do I go dramatic? Girly? Silly? Here are a few of Sage’s favorites. But he’s very vain and frequently forgets how I look, so I thought I’d take a Top Down vote and give away a copy of Charming the Devil to someone who takes the time to help me out.
So…if you had to be the person in these photos (nope, you absolutely cannot be the horse...there is only one Sagacious Sage) which one would you choose?