Does my face look big in this?

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Nope, it’s not me

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.

Erm…what?

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)?

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One thought on “Does my face look big in this?

  1. Actually showing the face is building trust. My uni lecturer always was saying that. And I treat people more seriously if they reveal a little bit of themselves. My last article on my marketing blog reveals a few secrets abt that xd

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