I have to get a new author photo for my upcoming book and so I've been pondering how I want to look. For my last two books, I used the same photo. This one:
Nice photo. Nice turtleneck. Nice "I'm a first time novelist and I am very somber" pose. Nice ten (okay, fifteen...okay, fine, twenty) pound difference from the actual Tod (Metabolife, incidentally, fucking rocked). So, in the process of trying to figure out how best to appear for my third book, I've run across the very disturbing trend of authors trying to either look like their characters, or, worse, authors looking like strung out real estate agents. For your viewing pleasure, here are a few notably bad author photos I found:
Two words: Gun porn. Though I do like the noir/real estate agent thing writer Joyce Spizer has working, I'm a little turned off by the very real fear she might blow her fucking head off. (Her hair would remain intact, I'm sure.)
Okay, he's Stephen King. He can do whatever he wants. But what's with the finger on the side of his head whilst his face is hidden Phantom of the Opera-style by his collar? You want an honest vision of the author? How about a picture of Stephen sitting on a stack of $50s.
I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring (or, well, I tell people I loved it, but I've never actually read it), but in this photo author Tracy Chevalier seems to be suffering some kind of dandruff-related neck pain. Either that or she is one-half of a Siamese twin combo connected at the shoulder.