|The dreaded headshot|
I choked. Um, what? Not only did I need a bio, I needed the dreaded headshot. I wrote up my bio (and as an unpublished author, it was pretty pathetic) and took a quick headshot and sent it off to him.
|The slightly less horrible headshot|
What I failed to realize was that a headshot is like a brand for an author. It gets put on EVERYTHING. Guest posts, interviews, the list goes on and on. I liked the headshot, but I wasn't in-love with it. But when I tried to change it, my readers (Twitter followers, critique partners, betas, everybody) went nuts. It was like I tried to get a face-lift. The public outcry was overwhelming, and eventually I succumbed to the pressure to change my headshot back to the original.
|The least horrible headshot. This one's staying!|
But one can only stand staring at the same picture that they don't particularly like for so long. I had to change it. I wasn't in love with the original headshot, but was tentative about changing it again. So I took some more new ones, sucked in a deep breath, and changed it.
So far so good. It's close enough to the original that its not like I had a face-lift, but different enough that I don't want to burn it. And my readers seem pretty happy with it. My favorite response was 'Bow chicka wow wow!!'
Now, maybe when I get my publishing contract, I'll splurge and have some professional author headshots taken. But for now, I'm happy with my sepia-toned, spagetti-strap tanktoped headshot. I like it. It looks like I have a secret. (Which I do...)
So if you are an aspiring author, my advice is to get a good author headshot now. It'll save you from scrambling after you finally get that lusted-after 'call'.