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cycyycy

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 10:08 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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In the marketing, entertainment, and press world, image is EVERYTHING!

That being said, I discourage all of my authors from doing this practice altogether. First reason, it makes them a target for whatever, more negative than positive in my view.

However, there are valid exceptions,, flukes, as I have shared here in another thread.
And to answer honestly, yes we all shy away from the unappealing in our culture, we are trained to ad nausea.
Again, a human nature factor which cannot be overlooked or denied.

On the other hand, sexy, handsome, appealing, unusual, sells, and sells big. Again, the human nature factor from the marketing perspective.
thetimucuan

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 10:30 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Yawn.
Gary Seilheimer

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 10:43 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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About as important as what kind of shoes the barber wears.
Kristopher Cruz

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 10:45 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I don't even include an author photo or biography in my books.
Maybe I'm making a mistake, but I figure that later I can add that stuff in when who I am actually MATTERS to readers. Right now, it doesn't. I'm just a (potentially) good author.
wildeatheart

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 11:44 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I don't shy away from "ugly" authors but I make the same assumptions as everyone else and I'm well past the point of feeling as though I have to deny it. A photo in which someone is just downright trying too hard, like the pipe and jacket you described or those odgawful "glamour" shots so many women use, screams "amateur" and, yeah, I'll pass. Not because the photo's ugly but because the writer just doesn't get it yet and if they put so little thought into their headshot, what does that say about the care they put into their book?

That's not fair but none of us is just an author anymore. If we accept that we can't expect readers to look past a bad front cover why in the world would we expect them to look past an ugly back cover?

wildeatheart

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 11:48 AM   in response to: Kristopher Cruz in response to: Kristopher Cruz
 
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Kristopher, not that you ask for my opinion but I personally think you're making a big mistake by not using some kind of photo of yourself. People want to connect with a real person and a photo will make that so much easier. I review books for a local paper and I always pass on books with no author photo.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 12:49 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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I suppose Truman Capote's weird looks and voice meant he should have never sold a single copy.
wildeatheart

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 12:56 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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But Truman Capote's generation isn't buying most of the ebooks today. The MTV generation is.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 12:56 PM   in response to: wildeatheart in response to: wildeatheart
 
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In place of my photo, I use one of my book covers. What do you think of this? Am I making a mistake?
wildeatheart

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Posted: May 29, 2013 1:01 PM   in response to: mauvemallow in response to: mauvemallow
 
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I can only tell you that when I discover a new author I want to know everything I can about him/her. Putting a face to the name helps me feel more connected. I felt that way as a reader and I try to offer a certain level of . . . attainability . . . to my own readers.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 1:03 PM   in response to: wildeatheart in response to: wildeatheart
 
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Not my books. The younger generation would actually be more tolerant of Capote's lifestyle.
wildeatheart

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 1:05 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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That's true.
thetimucuan

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 1:06 PM   in response to: wildeatheart in response to: wildeatheart
 
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Joe Nobody is a good example of a writer who keeps total privacy, yet he sells a lot of books. It would be kind of silly to use a pen name and then post your face on all of your books. Yeah, I know the conventional advise is to post a photo and tell your readers all about your life and family, but I'm not going that route.
wildeatheart

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 1:09 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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I've never known that level of privacy so it bothers me not one whit to put my face on my books.
uncle1282

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 29, 2013 1:29 PM   in response to: cycyycy in response to: cycyycy
 
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You replied, "I discourage all of my authors from doing this practice altogether." My authors? I'm sitting here picturing one of those Roman slave galleys with each writer chained in irons, a keyboard in front of them while you crack the whip and holler, "NO ADVERBS!"

What do you mean MY authors? pray tell.
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