Writers of all stripes have to promote themselves and their work more than ever before. Today, we do it online and in person, the former before the latter. This online presence demands visuals as well as text, whether it is a static bio on a website or it is in the social media. So here are my distilled thoughts on bios and mugshots for writers.
If you have no clue how to tackle the composition of your long bio, write a comment and, if there are enough, I'll blog more about how to do it.
To writers who hate having their picture taken, get over it! AND, please, please, get a professional to take these photos - they're more important than you think.