What IF?

What IF? 
18 May 2013

Today my youngest niece graduates from college. Wow! It was only yesterday that I was creating my first picture book for my little sister. In full eight-Crayon-box glory I colored those stapled-together pages with its main character, the PB, fashioned after my roly poly baby sister.

Here we are a ‘day’ later, and I’m hoping to publish my first children’s novel. What if I do?  What if I won the CBAY Books writing contest and got that book contract for Pansy Pants & the Search for Magic

How would my world change? (Other than the characters I write about might finally stop grumbling about being attached to an Unpublished Scribbler.)

My author friends tell me I would need an Author Photo. ARGH! I have a serious allergy to photos of me. I think the last good one was taken minutes beforeI filled my diaper while wearing a rather frilly baby dress. 

So I’ve gone through my photographs looking for options. 
And here they are: 

Nice Smile, huh?

Pretty face. 

Pretty Fancy! And I do love to write about dragons

Close up! 

I’m the sulky carp on the right who wants to know why the cheapskates are throwing stale bread in the water and not fresh Cheezits. 

Napping, one of my favorite activities, after reading and writing. 

Nikki Cat says I can use his photo, but I have to use his name as author. 

Practically a Glamour Shot with all the blurry trees. Hmmm.

This one looks like me, down to the purple slippers and the au currant hair style. 
Which would you choose? 

Kath who is now looking through her baby photos. 

Kath Boyd Marsh 
Pansy Pants & the Search for Magic


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  2. Yeah, I'd like to use a photo of someone or something else -- or one from my younger days. But I remember the shock of meeting a Famous Author who looked nothing like the younger, more glamorous version oh her book covers. So I try to stay real...painful though it is.

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      Like the characters in a novel, I prefer to create my own mental image of the author. Which is why if I ever publish, I'd love to use a photo that truly can't be mistaken for me.

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