If we were having coffee today, I’d be showing you the new pictures. No, no, no, not the grandkids, the dog, or the cats … they’d be pictures of me! With the upcoming publication of my third novel, I decided it was time to skip the selfies.
It’s funny, in the beginning, I didn’t even consider a photo. It’s vain, I guess, but I generally don’t like photos of myself. But every new author, especially an independent author, should follow the same processes of self-promotion. This blog is one example of that. A web page is crucial too. (ahem: my web page) An author should learn to use Twitter and Instagram as well. Youtube videos are a plus. And one should never miss an opportunity to drop a link into the conversation.
And, of course, headshots are part of this mix. I’ve generally used opportunistic shots.
I really liked this one, taken at a loft over one of the local storefronts:
Since my cataract surgery, I don’t really need glasses except for reading (my current pair are no line trifocals, clear on top and reading glasses on the bottom). So I tried some without glasses. I don’t know, I think I like pictures of me better with glasses. Maybe that’s because I’ve worn glasses full-time for about thirty years. Anyway, most of my shots were without glasses.
What do you think? Grab another cup of coffee and let me know.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina. More information on his work can be found at http://thefensk.com
B/W photos by Tonia Taylor at Blue Door Portraits, Mebane NC