Think you’re a writer, do you?
Okay, hotshot. Three quick questions:
1) When I say the word “headshot” do you think only of US Marine and expert marksman Tom Beckett, as played by Tom Berenger in the movies Sniper, Sniper 2 and Sniper 3 (and, to a lesser extent Chad Michael Collins as Beckett’s son Brandon in Sniper: Reloaded)?
2) Do you believe the contents of a novel is the only thing that sells a book to a prospective reader?
3) Do you not own a single jacket with leather patches on the elbows?
If you are a writer who answered YES to any of these questions, then boy, I am glad you decided to keep reading and not go and rent all four movies in the Sniper series. The most common mistake any first time author can make is to underestimate the power of The Author Photo (TAP). Before even thinking about outlining your novel (even if the outline begins “He’s the best sharpshooter the army’s got…”) you need to get that author photo right. I’ve seen too many book sales lost to poorly composed, underdone or just plain bad headshots. It’s time you got educated.
Here are the most effective types of TAPs (The Author Photo[s]), as used by some of the world’s most successful writers, as well as the secrets behind how to achieve them:
1. THE WHAT HAVE I JUST EATEN?
2. THE BAD BOY’S CONSCIENCE
3. THE TRANSITION
4. THE SHAPESHIFTER
5. THE ICE COOL
6. THE OVER THE SHOULDER OLDER FOLDER
7. THE STRADDLER
8. THE SYMBOL MAKER
9. THE EVERYTHING
10. THE ZADIE SMITH
There you have it. Follow these simple TAP examples, and publishers will be scrambling to sign you up, even if you can’t write at all!
*This post was sponsored by Sniper 5: Back in the Habit, screening soon behind selected motel TV menu screens.