You know why most writers write to entertain and tell a story? No? Take a guess.
Is it to:
A) show how brilliant they are at writing,
B) because they are crazy and think writing is fabulous,
C) because they love telling stories and find that writing is the best and the most long lasting mode,
D) that they are secretly always imagining a ‘film’ but are too shy to appear in public,
E) why are you answering this?
Was your answer A? Well if it was, yes, some authors know they are brilliant at what they do and find this field satisfying enough to stick around. If you answered B, then yes, there are most out there who actually enjoy the sport, and not necessarily aim to be published. However, if your answer was either C or D, or a bit of both, then you are absolutely right. Most writers love telling stories, and writing seems to be the best mode to do it because it requires less face time.
And if you were the few (or many) who answered E, then I’m about to tell you. The last couple of weeks I’ve been a silly little thing putting my photography hat on, which I’m not used to, to try and take a decent photo to stick into my ‘About the Author’ section of the printed copies of ‘In Strange Company’ – that’s available now via both Amazon and Smashwords.
The thing is, when I set out writing, there was this resolve to stay hidden behind the tales, to keep a little bit of mystery flowing because readers won’t know what I look like, and therefore prejudge me or my writing. It’s a solid idea! Or was…
Except, nowadays there seems to be a trend appearing world wide where everybody’s business has become everybody else’s business because social media has opened so many communication avenues.
So in this technology riddled world, consumers of writing/books are also enjoying getting to know a bit about the author, and meet them through the small picture that appears on the inside of a book these days.
My dilemma is this now, whatever happened to maintaining an air of mystery. Suddenly I sense ‘mystery’ has become synonymous with ‘snobby’ and therefore, writers are falling into the same pool where all other celebrities have found themselves for years – the public eye!
So, complying with this trend, I’m letting readers of my works see and meet me through the pages of my book(s). What qualifies an introductory photo? How should it look, how should it not look? What should I do, smile, frown, or just neutral? Should it be CLOSEUP or midshot? Boy, talk about all these things that needs considering.
Now, I’ve taken a picture, weeded it out from over 50 others, cropped it, etc. thinking it was a simple picture, shown it to few to get opinion, and the results are mixed. Half say ‘go for it’, the other half say, ‘are you sure? It may accidentally intimidate some’.
What’s a girl to do? One picture, I’m too robotic, another slightly overexposed is great except my nose has almost done a vanishing act, and then the most recent one, the one I’m currently trying out on my twitter? I’m not sure since it’s brought about mixed perceptions.
Definitely a dilemma! What to do, what to do?
Can we go back to the mysterious phase once more? Lol.