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Monday, October 17, 2005

Does an author's looks matter?

According to Agent 007, they certainly do.

She blogs: "If a publisher doesn’t include the author’s photo on a hardcover (and usually trade paperback), it’s not because they couldn’t make it fit, or the photo was lost, or someone screwed up. Nine times out of ten it’s because the editor doesn’t think the author is good-looking enough. If the editor thinks the author is attractive, the publisher will figure out a way to showcase it, even if it means having the author sit for another photograph."

Here's the sad part: "If an author is attractive, the publisher will want to promote the book AND the author. If an author is not attractive, the publisher will want to promote the book and pretend the author does not exist."

And, of course, expectations are different for a female author than it is for her male contemporary. "Unfortunately, as with most things in life, the standard is higher if you’re a woman. Men can look grizzled and weathered and still look cool with the right lighting and scene."

Silly me. Here I thought the author's talent counted most. I didn't realize the women had to look akin to a Playboy bunny for the publisher to want to promote them.

Thankfully, I don't have to worry about that problem. My covers don't include my pic.

On second thought, maybe I should be worried. Nah...

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