Friends, I have a decision to make.
When Finding God in Ordinary Time is out in the world, people who DO NOT ALREADY KNOW ME are going to be thinking about buying it. Maybe they will pick up a copy in a bookstore and flip through it. Maybe they will check out my author page in Goodreads (after I create it, of course). Either way, one of the things they are going to look at is my author photo. Which means I need to hurry up and decide which one to use!
Here are my two choices. I like them both, but they definitely give off two different vibes. I don’t want to predispose you by saying what I think those vibes are (though I have my opinions), so for simplicity’s sake I am just going to refer to them as “Glasses” and “No Glasses.” (Don’t worry about the varying image quality; Green Writers Press has a good version of each.)
So, which should it be?
Which is more likely to encourage a stranger to flip or click through?
Please weigh in by commenting “Glasses” or “No Glasses,” and feel free to explain why.
If you like, you can even insert the rant of your choice: about the judging of books by covers, about contemporary standards of beauty, etc. It’s your rant; have at it. (Goodness knows I’m doing it in my head.)
Thanks for your help!