Egads!

So last night, I attended a very awesome Kindle publishing workshop with Stephen Lewis. His parting advice was very sage: do not, under any circumstance, start a flame war with a reviewer who doesn’t like your book. Eeek. On that note, for those of you who’ve read my book, please leave a review!

Finding Jamilah is up, and now I need to market it. It won’t sell itself, as much as I’d like to think! Stephen made a good point. If I don’t talk about my book, who will?

And now, my dilemma. My Author Central photo! Le sigh.

I’ve been doing some research, and it looks like most of the male authors have very serious photographs. I suppose it fits into the genre they write in (crime, thrillers etc). Look at John Grisham, for example. Grim! But very fitting. Compare his photograph to Nicholas Sparks. Do you prefer head-shots, or upper body ones? Aha, I like Robert Jordan’s photograph. That photo has character!

Female author photographs are very different! I’ve scanned through a few, and most of them are smiling. Some of them are leaning against trees or have some kind of greenery in the background. I like the ones with bookshelves in the backdrop. Hmm…

In my case, after I find a nice bookshelf to stand/sit/pirouette in front of, it all boils down to:

1) Which hijab do I wear?

2) Do I strike a pose?

3) Which cat do I pose with?

Decisions, decisions…

8 thoughts on “Egads!

  1. lol ‘which cat do i pose with’ dilema indeed hehe. btw amazon wont let me buy ur book, i’ve tried 4 or 5 times but something goes wrong each time. dont worry i’ll keep trying untill i get it!

  2. Hi Raidah,

    Thank you so much for describing me as “sage” 🙂

    I’ll be putting your headshot question in the Sunday Self-Publishing Round-up to see what views it elicits!

  3. choice of cat isn’t a dilemma – just choose the most photogenic one. 😉

    another idea would be to include things like “Click here for more of Raidah Shah Idil’s work” and link it to your online profile on Amazon or something (like in your first article). so even if you’re writing articles your book is still being pushed out there.

  4. Ah I know why i can’t buy it – i think. It’s not available to purchase from ‘my’ country. when i try to purchase it, it says sorry we could not complete your purchase. For kindle titles available to purchase from your country click here. Can you only purchase it from Oz?

  5. I vote for Upper body shot. I don’t know about which hijab but I’m sure about the colour, don’t disappoint. I also go for the greenery pic, something outdoors.

  6. Salaams Raidah,

    Lots of great posts so far! Thanks for sharing those things you are learning out in the literary world 🙂

    Yep, I’ve pondered the photo issue myself. Do you really need to have one or not? I guess readers would like to know what the writer looks like, but then maybe it better to keep as much anonymity as possible. Don’t know really. Some tough decisions indeed – you’ve got me thinking now. If I were to go with a photo, I think I’d like the idea of the bookshelf in the background. And to make it a bit different, maybe you could pose with all four cats. Something to think about 🙂

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