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Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 8:13 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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I write horror and I don't think I look like I write horror.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 8:51 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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Marcy Henshaw wrote:
I write horror and I don't think I look like I write horror.
lol, No, but what I am saying is if you DID look like a slightly crazy woman who probably stayed up late at night plotting ways to kill the neighbors cat, you might sell more books. ;)

In sales, perception is reality. Each person is different on an individual basis, but when you look at trends, you see stereotypes. It's just human nature. If you are trying to sell Romance books to lonely housewives, you better either look like a lonely housewife yourself or be a dude with six pack abs who spends his days as a police officer or fireman (or mailman, lol!). Otherwise it would be better to just leave the pic out.
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 9:23 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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I don't know. LOL. I've never seen your pic! I see you go by that name on here. NO YOU DON'T Look like you could write those books beside your picture!

Edited by: Patrick A. Smith on Mar 13, 2015 9:25 PM
Mukesh Parthasa...

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 10:11 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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I am going to make a very sensitive statement here:

Your ethnic and second name matters for selling novels but that is not required for professional and non-fiction books.

Just tells why we need to avoid putting up our photos for novels and choose a marketable pen name.

Edited by: Mukesh Parthasarathy on Mar 13, 2015 10:12 PM
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 14, 2015 3:50 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I'm an extraordinarily beautiful person, as you can see by checking my blog, and I am sure that fact has influenced my sales for the better.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 14, 2015 8:01 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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Ok, just for you.

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Posted: Mar 14, 2015 8:07 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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You're purple. Why are you purple? You weren't purple before.
Marcy Henshaw

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Posted: Mar 14, 2015 8:08 PM   in response to: sprinkles in response to: sprinkles
 
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purple? are you sure you're not seeing white and gold or black and blue??
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Posted: Mar 14, 2015 8:13 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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lavender?
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 15, 2015 7:26 AM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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All I know is I write fantasy. So my picture has me riding a dragon, wielding a giant axe, and a lot of oil slathered onto my perfectly tanned, heavily muscled chest. It works, I sell a lot of books.

But seriously though, sometimes I like author pics and sometimes I don't. For example, R.A. Salvatore looks like a cool guy you could hang out with. Terry Goodkind on the other hand kind of gives me that creepy serial killer vibe with the author pic he has in the back. Then again... maybe that is why he sells tons of books...

Realistically, I think it is ultimately irrelevant. I think readers by for the book. If anything, I would agree that poorly done cover art will send readers screaming away, but an author pic is just accepted as it is I think.

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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 15, 2015 2:50 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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Hello.
I think a simple photograph is fine. It doesn't have to be all glamorous. When I add some of my photographs it's usually a self photograph. It's never a pose just a simple photograph. I started out not adding a photograph, but it doesn't really mean that much if I add one or not. People still read my work. :-)
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 15, 2015 3:19 PM   in response to: uncle1282 in response to: uncle1282
 
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I confess, I do tend to flip the back cover of the -print- book and try to draw a link between the main character and the author! But on e-books it remains
a lingering point. If the main subject is a lawyer, I look to see a lawyerly face, or howcome he knows so much about the court proceedings. etc.
But that's just me! I have only once put my distant image climbing the face of McClellan Butte's face (the fin in story Man from Mt. Fuji) None of you even
noticed it! (:) Dee Tezelli, Seattle
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Posted: Mar 15, 2015 8:52 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
 
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Thanks. No you don't look like a horror writer, but anyone can write anything. Looking at your picture, I would think you would right some type of romance or fantasy.

Edited by: Patrick A. Smith on Mar 16, 2015 5:49 AM
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 6:08 AM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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Uncle 1282's thread question is: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?

IF I remember correctly, you commented on the death of Sir Terry Pratchet that you don't care much for Sci-Fi and that authors of that genre were "already dead to me"...but I write Sci-Fi and if the author's picture showed six legs, tentacles around the mouth, and didn't look Photoshopped...I would probably buy the book in a heartbeat even if it was under a hundred pages, titled How to Serve Man", and overpriced at $9.99.

But I would NOT accept a ride to his/her/its homeworld. ;)

~RAM
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Re: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 6:18 AM   in response to: Rick A. Mullins in response to: Rick A. Mullins
 
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Rick A. Mullins wrote:
Uncle 1282's thread question is: Are you affected by a writer's appearance?

IF I remember correctly, you commented on the death of Sir Terry Pratchet that you don't care much for Sci-Fi and that authors of that genre were "already dead to me"...but I write Sci-Fi and if the author's picture showed six legs, tentacles around the mouth, and didn't look Photoshopped...I would probably buy the book in a heartbeat even if it was under a hundred pages, titled How to Serve Man", and overpriced at $9.99.

But I would NOT accept a ride to his/her/its homeworld. ;)

~RAM
http://dreamquestbooks.com

I remember that! It was an episode from either the Outer Limits or the Twilight Zone. The original, in black and white. I think it was the Outer Limits.
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