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On the Awkward Author Photo

Neil Gaiman reading from his book - peoplewhowrite

Reading or signing. That’s the way to get a commanding author photo.

Is there a sexy way to pose with a book? It seems no author is immune to the awkward book shot. Whether holding the book up to the camera, head cocked at a 45 degree angle, standing with arms folded in front of a book case packed with books, or proudly cradling an armful of titles even the most photogenic authors usually look impossibly dorky.

It seems the only antidote to this “problem” is to think of the book as a prop in a Vogue bookworm fantasy, or to get into “writerly” character and costume. One foolproof way to a camera-ready author portrait is to go for an “action” shot, signing or reading from the book.

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