I'd like to thank everyone who chimed in yesterday regarding my photo shoot and the two pictures I'd passed on. Your enthusiastic response to the location shot of me in black convinced me to indeed use that photo... just not now.
When promoting one's self I believe it's important to be true to the product you are hawking. Brand, brand, brand. My published books thus far and those in the contracted future are classified as Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense (my brand). Even my historical westerns fall under this umbrella. Since I want to convey 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get', I opted for 'fun and flirty'. I think this look works well with the HQN cover for All About Evie as well as with any of my release with Medallion Press.
Also, while surfing the author photos at the Harlequin site along with several romance readers' websites, I noticed that they generally crop tight, from the shoulders up. That would work fine for both of these photos, whereas the location shoot photo works best full-length. You see, there is a method to my madness. *g* I'm sending the photo with the light background to HQN and the photo with the dark background to Medallion Press. A slightly different look for each of my publishers. I'll be using both on my website along with a select few others.
As for the popular shot in black (scroll down to yesterday's post), it's perfect for the paranormal series proposal I'm currently working on. For now I'll use that picture for creative visualization. "I will need this photo. I will sell the series."
Where do you stand on publicity photos as a reflection of one's art? Any examples of photos that you consider hits or misses?