Time for a shift in these pre-publication posts. Up to this point, we’ve been spending a lot of time on things like subject matter, permissions, and author websites. Serious stuff.
Readers, it’s time to talk about eyebrows. Mine, specifically.
Earlier this week, I went for my very first “brow sculpting.” What does this have to do with my book? Well, the publication of my short story collection, Quiet Americans, is an occasion for a proper author photo.
And that photo will be taken on Saturday.
Even my mom – who is so d.i.y. she not only colors her own hair but cuts it, too (I love you, Mom!) – thought that a visit to the “brow sculptor” my sister has visited from time to time was in order. So after work on Tuesday I hopped on the subway and trekked downtown for the “procedure.” It wasn’t quite as painful as I’d feared, and I was very interested to learn that the sculptor is also a practicing writer (and sculptor to the Real Housewives of New Jersey!).
The bigger issue, of course, is that I’ve never been particularly comfortable having my photo taken, and I have to say that this entire part of the pre-publication process is something I’ll be relieved to have finished. Any of you have tips to share on how you survived your first author photo shoot?