I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen name author profile? Thanks!
I have a pen name which I use but I use my actual photo which is different from the photo I use with my real name. You could pose a different way where you look quite different depending on the image you want to portray. I wouldn't suggest using another person's photo as this may damage you as an author if found out.
If it's a photo of a living person, you're going to have to buy the rights to use it. But you'll still face the risk of it being found out to be a stock photo and that can actually damage an authorial reputation.
Actually, one of Beth's sensual poems that I read this summer helped motivate me to write my ebook. I didn't steal anything from her poem; it just got me thinking about how to put such experiences into words in a creative way. It was the one that HubPages removed due to sexual content, and then she posted on these forums for everyone to see. I thought it was brilliant. I wanted to write an ebook anyway. It helped set the wheels in motion.
Nothing shameful about sharing such a beautiful poem and spurring creativity in others. What is shameful is the attitudes towards sexual topics. I really thought it was over the top that HP removed your poem. You wrote it in such a way that it was left up to the reader's imagination. I came across much more sexually explicit material on HP over the summer while researching my ebook. I couldn't believe some of the stuff they are okay with given that they banned your not so blatant poem.
Agree with Relache. You'll have to have a personal conversation with that person before you use his/her picture. But of all other things, why would you choose not to use your own pic, Rock? Hope that's not taken for a personal question.
Your question is not too personal. People choose to write using a pen name for a variety of reasons. In some cases it's just that their given name is not one that sounds good in the world of publishing, in other cases the stories are too personal, while in some cases the subject matter is something a writer doesn't necessarily want everyone they know to know that they wrote it. If one is going to use a pen name, there's not much point in associating one's own face with it since people will know it is you behind the pen name.
Given the feedback, I will avoid using someone else's face. I will have to go with a generic faceless picture. If people figure I am writing under a pen name rather than my own, so be it. There's nothing taboo about doing that. Some of the most successful authors in history have written under a pen name or a number of pen names.
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