Therese & Morgan Say: Our dear friend Melia Alexander told us all about her author portrait adventure and, of course, we asked her to contribute a post to our blog. Thanks Melia for sharing your experiences with our readers. xoxo
Melia Says: I can’t speak for other writers (although I suspect there would be similar stories), but for me, selling my first book was on par with falling in love for the First. Time. Ever.
You know what I’m talking about. The rapid heart rate, the stupid grin, the feeling like you’re waaayyy on top of the world and nothing can bring you back to the earthly plane. *sigh* Yeah. That.
But unlike falling in love, reality sets in much more quickly. After all, there are things that need immediate attention, like learning about the systems in place for getting the book ready for publication. Yeah. THAT. And very quickly, if you weren’t already aware of it, you realize you’ve become that “b” word - *whispers* you’re a business!
Things take on such a serious edge with the “b” word. At least, it did for me. The moment I received the Entangled Publishing author packet, the implications of what I’d done hit me harder than leaving a Nordstrom shoe sale – with a couple of bags in each hand. All of a sudden everything mattered: the author bio, the book cover, the edits, release dates, and on and on and on. No pressure, right?
But the author photo shoot was supposed to be the exception. It was supposed to be fun. It was supposed to be exciting. It was supposed to be my chance to live my childhood fantasy of being a model. (Now, now. There’s no need to judge.)
After all, the photographer I’d hired was great! The location was great! The staging was great! Me? Not so much. I looked like I’d rather be scrubbing toilets. (For the record, I don’t particularly like scrubbing toilets. . ..)
|My first photo shoot.|
See. What did I tell you?
Thankfully, Ben (Ben Carlson Photography) was willing to come out and re-shoot. Different location, different clothing, different atmosphere altogether. But most importantly, a different “me.”
I remembered what it was like to fall in love with the story I’d just sold, when I’d first written it, and before the “b” word entered the equation and made everything seem so serious. I made it a point to play fun music, and I had a trusted friend on hand who kept things light – and also made sure there were no wardrobe malfunctions. (Thanks, Lin!)
|My second sitting - MUCH better!|
The results were so much better, I think. A few changes, including a brain switch, turned me from one mean-looking, serious-writing, completely unapproachable author to who I really am: an author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances who loves to laugh at life’s incredible ironies.
|Letting my PERSONA|
Gary D. Robson Book Signing Tips for Authors:
Gary D. Robson Book Signing Tips for Authors:
When there are customers nearby, stay by the table. I’ve had customers get interested in a book, and then I couldn’t find the author to sign a copy. Don’t wander away unless you tell the bookstore staff where you’re going.
Love this! You'r second shoot really did capture the sassy, sexy, fun Author!! Thanks for sharing your story. ~ ViolaReplyDelete
Thank you, Morgan and Therese, for hosting me on your blog! I chuckled A LOT when I saw the "old" photos again. This was fun!ReplyDelete
Hey there, Miss Viola.ReplyDelete
Yeah, what a difference an attitude makes, huh? LOL.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
:Love the second shoot pics. They are more you and definitely show sassy, sexy, fun. I'd like to hang out with the second author. The first author looks intimidating--too polished, too removed.ReplyDelete
And you look twenty years younger in the second shoot compared to the first shoot. Can't argue with that. :)
My thoughts exactly, Maggie! Maybe if we'd done the first shoot a bit longer, the champagne might've kicked in and helped me relax - LOL!ReplyDelete
So glad you stopped by!
From the first sitting to the second one it was like working with a split personality and they were as different as night and day. The second session was a whole lot more fun for me too. Thank you Melia for allowing me to help celebrate your success with you.ReplyDelete
LOL! It was a lot of fun, Ben. So glad you enjoyed it, too!Delete
Loved working with Ben and Melia on the second shoot - lots of laughs and the "I'm here to tell you what you need to change look (watch out a lecture is coming - just look at the mouth!)" got sent out the door. We had smiles and laughter and more funnies than we dare share. We didn't even use champagne or wine!ReplyDelete
Wishing you a huge success my sexy, sassy friend - Lin
LOL, Lin! The stories we could share . . . but won't, right? ;-)Delete
So, so happy you were there 'cause you kept it so fun. Love you, my friend! MUAH!