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Author headshot: lights, camera, smile!

Posted by Maria Murnane | October 4, 2011

With everything on your plate to get the word out about your book, getting a photo taken might be pretty far down on your list – if it’s even on your list at all. But to do a good job marketing, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a professional, high-resolution headshot.

If you want to promote your book, you’re going to have to reach out to people who have no idea who you are, such as the press or reviewers. Many of these people will ask you for a photo, or they’re going to look for one on your website or LinkedIn. And if there is nothing there, or if all you have posted is a grainy shot of you at a barbeque, it could create the impression that you’re not professional or that you’re not a serious writer.

Those impressions might not be true at all, but with a lot of the people you’ll be contacting, you only get one chance to impress and convince them you’re worth paying attention to. When you’re marketing your book, it’s almost like you’re running for office: You need to look your best and present an image that makes people want to learn more about you and what you have to offer.

Just like a great cover might get a reader to pick up your book, a great headshot might encourage a conference organizer to invite you as a speaker, or a local TV show to bring you on as a guest, or a popular blog to interview you, etc., etc., etc.

You get the picture. Now get the picture taken!

-Maria

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2011 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

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