Take it away, Christine....
NEW AUTHOR PHOTO REVEAL by Christine Rains
The camera hates me. We have an agreement. I take the pictures and never step in front of it. The camera continues to take cute photos of my son.
But it's time for a new author photo. The one I use now is nearly three years old. While it's satisfactory, it doesn't look like the every day me any more. One of the most important jobs of an author photo is to give readers a reference so that if they happen to see you out and about, they'll recognize you. It's also part of marketing your brand. You are as much of a part of your brand as your books. You should update your author photo often.
If you can afford it, get a professional to take your photo. It needs to be clean, simple, and friendly. The background should be neutral. Don't doll yourself up with lots of make-up or wear fancy clothes. Just be yourself. Some people can pull off quirky, but most of us shouldn't go with gimmicks. Think about your favorite books and smile.
I'm more nervous revealing this photo than I was the cover to the 13th Floor Collection. I can't afford to get a professional photo done, but my husband has a keen eye and a steady hand. He borrowed the fancy camera from his work, and we did a photo session. There were several dozen shots. My glasses kept reflecting the flash. My smile was crooked, and there's a freckle on the tip of my nose. Ack!
So here we go. Paranormal romance author Christine Rains.
I can't pull off quirky, but there was one prop that refused to be left out of the photo shoot. This one is for all the Tawa fans!
Have you updated your author photo lately?
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: October 13th, 2013
Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.
- A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
- A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
- A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
- A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
- A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
- A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
- And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.