A Busy Week

So we’re almost at the end of the week and it’s been quite exciting for me, not that I’ve managed to get any writing done! The most exciting event was Vortex getting an ISBN! It now feels real, like it can actually happen, like it will become a real life, available for all to read book.


I also decided that I now needed to make a more serious effort on the publicity front. The scariest part being, having a decent photo of the author, which means a photo of me. Now I’m quite happy to stay as a big silvery blue dragon, but I think if I expect people to take me seriously then I need to show my human side. “Gulp!”

I dislike having my photo taken, I always look a terrible washed out mess. I hate wearing make up and  so have no idea how to apply it and as for my hair…! But a decent photo is what’s needed, apparently?

I decided the answer was to book myself in for one of those makeover sessions. You know the ones where they are supposed to make you look like a film star. Yer good luck with that!

If you’d have told me before that I would willingly, without a gun to my head, book myself up for such a thing I would have died laughing. But going down this route meant I would have someone to do my makeup, so I wouldn’t end up looking like a zombie and I would also get a professional photographer, which would greatly improve my chances of getting at least one usable photo.

My hair is another major problem, it lives a life of its own totally separate from me and any wishes or desires I may have for it. I gave up years ago trying to tame it and now the only time it behaves at all is when my very brave hairdresser washes and trims it. I had only recently paid a visit to the hairdressers and I had watched very carefully what she did. So after a week of practising and feeling confident I had achieved a reasonable result I let slip to my daughter about the photo shoot. She took one look at me and said “you’ll have to do something about your hair then!”

I immediately booked an appointment for my hairdresser to sort it out for me.

The photo shoot wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The photographer was very patient and kind and as I had been booked in for an hour (they could obviously see what a challenge it was going to be) she took pictures of me from every angle, standing, sitting, lay on the floor, leaning against a wall etc. She appeared quietly confident that with the wonders of airbrushing and their advanced computer program they would come up with a set of usable shots of me.

I’m due to go back next Friday to view the pictures and choose which ones I would like to use. I will post the results here when I have them and I will expect you all to wait till you’re out of earshot before you start giggling!

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  1. Scary I’m sure, but hon, you are SOOOOO doing the right thing!

    You go girl sweetie! 😀 xx

  2. Thanks Sophie! I will hopefully look vaguely human I don’t want to scare any potential readers away!! 😀

  3. Have fun with it Lindsey. I did ten years ago when I did mine (the photo I use on all my accounts is by a professional photographer). I hate having my picture taken also, and the ‘author pic’ is the best one I’ve ever had taken. You’ll be fine and their talents will show in extraordinary photos. Can’t wait to see them. 😉

  4. Thanks Gretchen, it was more fun than I expected, will be interesting to see the results!! 😀


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