So I’ve been browsing the internet for advice on how to market myself as a brand new author launching herself in a land already populated by gazillions of other writers.
And the recurring advice that came back was this one: have your face posted on your profile, maybe even have a professional photo-shoot.
Do I really have to expose the ugly mutt that is my face to the poor masses? Isn’t there enough misery in this world?
Now of course, it doesn’t help that I have a phobia about being photographed (ask my mother: she hardly has any pictures of me growing up) (and hubby only has one, our wedding picture) (dear God, I look so stiff on it) (it’s because I was).
But do people REALLY need to see what I look like to suddenly think “oh, now that I see her, I’m so going to buy her book! Where’s my wallet, I don’t even care what she writes!”
As a reader, I couldn’t care less that an author chooses to keep his/her privacy by refusing to change their profile picture of a wet dog licking its nose/leprechaun sitting on a rainbow/Bart Simpson mooning/whatever else. It’s their choice, and that will never deter me from trying their work if it sounds like something I’d enjoy.
But am I alone in thinking this?
Have other authors found an increase in sales, or even in people awareness, when they posted their best profile (pun intended)?