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Jessican

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 31, 2013 7:06 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I'm not. I love seeing what people look like. I have a pic of myself in my book. :)
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: May 31, 2013 10:30 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I finally got a halfway decent photo so I'm d***ed if I'm going to waste it! It gets plastered everywhere.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Jun 1, 2013 3:18 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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An honest answer to the question. Yes,every morning when I look into the mirror.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:24 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Not in the least, but having said that I wonder if I could hire that guy whose picture recently appeared on facebook to impersonate me at book signings, the guy dressed in a fireman's outfit, his jacket open, revealing a gold medal standard six pack, soot stained, but craddling a little kitten in his muscular hands. Ohh, I'd sell some books then.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:20 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Tough question. I love to see what the author looks like. I don't care if they are commercially beautiful or not, but their spirit should come through. In a novel, the author is telling the story, they are NOT the characters. Look at the late singer-songwriter, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. He sang love songs and told the stories, the crowd LOVED him. If you've never seen what he looks like, look him up and look at what he looked like before he died.
Be yourself, let your soul come through.
Sarah S Ray

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Jun 8, 2013 9:47 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Personally, I just want to read a good book. I only want to know enough about the author to find his/her next work, which means a name. Any name.
Mukesh Parthasa...

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 1:02 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Don't judge an author by his appearance.

Now is there a contradiction from both the author side and from the reader side?
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 1:40 AM   in response to: Sarah S Ray in response to: Sarah S Ray
 
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I am not bothered too much by an author's appearance but I am bothered by an author's personality. I feel that, in some way, a novel is, or should be, an expression of a person's soul. If the soul is twisted I don't want to read the book s/he has written. Actually, on second thoughts, appearance does influence me. If the writer is too attractive then s/he can't write. This is ridiculous but that is my first reaction. It must be the "just a pretty face" Syndrome!
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 5:57 AM   in response to: Mukesh Parthasa... in response to: Mukesh Parthasa...
 
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Mukesh Parthasarathy wrote:
Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Don't judge an author by his appearance.

Now is there a contradiction from both the author side and from the reader side?

This thread was started nearly two years ago.
Cady H

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:00 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I don't care what an author looks like. I care more on a person's demeanor. I actually discussed this with a friend yesterday, if you knew an author was doing bad things to other authors, would you still support that person in their books? I wouldn't. A person's manners is more relevant than looks to me. For example, I would never buy O.J. Simpson's book about his wife's murder knowing what he did.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:21 PM   in response to: Cady H in response to: Cady H
 
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Cady respectfully, I'm not so concerned with internet dramas between authors that it would prevent me from enjoying a well written book by one of the so-called offending authors. I'm interested in the story, not the person who wrote the story. Sure, it might be curiosity on my part to read about "so-and-so" calling this one or that one a "bully", but that doesn't necessarily color my perception of a good book, again, if it is a great story and well written. Now if one of the authors made a spectacle of herself online, stalked other authors, threatened them, called them names and then cried "bully" on her blog and Reddit, well then, that's just entertainment and just cause to avoid that lady's delusions of grandeur.

This happens a lot at places like GoodReads, and regardless of a potential fledgling author's talent, they often damage themselves and their career before it even had a chance of taking off. It happens time and time again. I've seen it happen here...
David Kersten

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:42 PM   in response to: Rose King in response to: Rose King
 
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Rose King wrote:
This thread was started nearly two years ago.
Yeah but I think it is a relevant question and there is some good discussion here. A lot of new authors since this was first started, so no harm in reviving it.

Personally I think a lot of readers want to connect to the author in some way. Think of it this way: How many of your family, friends, acquaintances enjoy your book more because they know the author? I have had people buy my book just because they think it is cool to meet someone who is an author. These are people I don't know but ran into in some capacity.. a barber, a fellow bowler, some guy at a bar... Anything you can do to help someone relate to you as just another normal human being is good for sales. I have had a ton of comments on my bio, and all it really says is where I was born, where I am now, and a few things I enjoy doing. Heck, it isn't much different from my old dating profile, lol! Matter of fact I use a picture I took two years ago with a camera phone in my back yard just so I could have a decent picture for a dating website.. Am I particularly good looking? No, I don't think so. I'm just a normal guy, and people relate to that. When you sell books you aren't selling just a book you are selling a brand, and that brand is YOU, so why wouldn't you want that brand to reflect who you really are?

I totally get the idea of a pen name, and especially with romance and erotica, people don't necessarily want their friends and family to know they write that stuff let alone sell it, so I can see not using your picture if you are trying to cover your identity. That still shouldn't stop you from making up a relatable bio. Hell, if I ever decided to write erotica or "romantica", I would use a pen name and even use a female pen name. I figured I would even put a generic picture of a woman for the author pic, with a face obscured of course.. Why? Because the audience there is women, and even if you can write women chars really well, women relate to women.

As for how they look, well, I am sure some people will relate a particularly unattractive person to poor quality work, just because that is human nature. On the other hand, if you write horror, having a uniquely unattractive face probably plays well into selling your work, just like nobody wants to see a 400 lb greasy dude on the back cover of an erotic book. They want to think the person writing belongs in the story.. Gotta be younger too, because if they see an old person's pic, they will think you will kick the bucket long before you finish the series and they will be left hanging.
Rose King

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:04 PM   in response to: Cady H in response to: Cady H
 
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Cady H wrote:
I don't care what an author looks like. I care more on a person's demeanor. I actually discussed this with a friend yesterday, if you knew an author was doing bad things to other authors, would you still support that person in their books? I wouldn't. A person's manners is more relevant than looks to me. For example, I would never buy O.J. Simpson's book about his wife's murder knowing what he did.
I don't have any photos of me that don't have one or other of my dogs in as well. People might have a problem working out which one is the author, so best not to confuse them. :)
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:04 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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In some cases it might be beneficial for an author to display his or her picture. What hasn't been discussed here is that many males use female pen names and many women may use male pen names. Then it would be really bad for sales to let readers find out that sexy female author is really a man!
Rose King

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:11 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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Patrick A. Smith wrote:
In some cases it might be beneficial for an author to display his or her picture. What hasn't been discussed here is that many males use female pen names and many women may use male pen names. Then it would be really bad for sales to let readers find out that sexy female author is really a man!
Easy enough to get a friend of the opposite sex to lend an image, or even download one from a stock photo site.
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