How To Take an Author Photo

Maybe you committed a murder like the one in your novel. Maybe you didn't

A woman writing at a wooden desk
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The Mug Shot:

Look straight ahead and contemplate the lousy Kirkus review you’re sure to get.

The Talk Show Host:

Place one hand under your chin and imagine listening to someone else, something you rarely do as a writer.

The Orgasm:

Throw your head back and grin ecstatically after ordering a box of your favorite gel pens.

The West Nile:

Sit at a scenic outdoor table at dusk, notebook open in front of you. If you contract the virus at least your mother will never have to read your memoir.

The James Dean:

Turn up the collar on your leather jacket and give a small smile knowing your arch rival’s book was remaindered.

The Corrections Officer:

Cross your arms while wearing something stark. Remember to showcase your proofreading symbol tattoo.

The Barrette:

Push your hair behind your ear with one finger while considering what it would be like to have a job that’s actually useful, like firefighter, or accountant, or… hair clip.

The Watergate:

Arrange the lighting so your face is bathed in shadow. Maybe you committed a murder like the one described in your novel, maybe you didn’t.

The Curious Dog:

Tilt your head and wonder, how does The Times really compile its best seller list?

The Cat Attractant:

Sit at an indoor table, laptop open in front of you. Stare pensively at the screen as you realize the timeline of your cozy mystery is horribly flawed.

The Load-Bearing Wall:

Lean sideways against a brick wall as if you are needed for support, as if you could actually provide support to anyone on a writer’s income.

The TV Commentator:

Pose in front of your built-in bookshelves after replacing the dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades of Grey with a pristine copy of Proust.

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