Before we went away for Christmas, I cleaned off a few shelves in my office. One of them was the shelf on which I keep copies of my own books. Making the obvious decision that to keep more than one copy of any book on that shelf was using up prime real estate, I piled the extra copies on the floor. When the pile fell over, I noticed the photos on the backs of many of them: I noticed that I seemed to have used the same head shot for several. This started me wondering if they were at all important (and if I should have one more professional one taken).
I want to start this discussion by finding out if any of my fellow readers & writers have given much thought to these photos and the accompanying bio. So…before I continue to write, I offer my completely unscientific poll to any reader inclined to weigh in before I tell you the back story of those author photos on my covers.
[This poll refers only to non-fiction selections: I’ll get to the fiction one in due course!]