The other day I realized that my author photo, the one I send to readings and the like, and also the one that I was planning to use for the back cover of Fire in the Heart, was circa 2003.
I guess we'd all like to think we don't change over time, but I was probably due for a new picture. Fortunately, I know a good photographer. We trekked to a frozen lake and got some photos. As uncomfortable as I am having my photo taken, the author photo is something all publishers ask for.
Is it that important? No. Nobody is going to reject a book because of your photo. Still, if you get a good one, it will be used for other things--book launches, workshops, articles. So you may as well pay someone (or if you are lucky, rope in a relative) to take a good quality photo. It's one of those things that is worth the money and the awkwardness.
There was no way I was going to take a picture of me sitting at my desk. Ugh--I do enough of that. It had to be outdoors. Despite shivering in the fifteen degree weather, they turned out OK!
Photo taken by Talia Jean Galvin, Talia Jean Photography