September 2008

More Fan Mail

This was written on my facebook wall:
“Elayne Angel is the EPITOME of knowledge/professionalism/excellence and everyone should tip their hat to what she has done to educate the world in this trade that she is THE QUEEN OF!!! Love You Angel!!! Thank You For Helping Make Me Who I Am! Your Friendship/Advice/You As A Person is SO Appreciated!!!” Jeremy Youngman
Thanks Jeremy! I'm a fan of yours, too!

Edits, Photos, Illustrations

Things are moving right along. This past week has been filled with multiple rounds of passing my manuscript back and forth with my editor. She'd send it back at about 8 pm and want the changes made by the next day! Needless to say I was "burning the midnight oil" to get it all done. But I did it! And it is a feeling of great accomplishment! I'm also working hard with my wonderful illustrator Jennifer! She's fantastic and she is doing all of the drawings from photos of piercings. Collaborating with her is a whole new skill (how do you EXPLAIN where the piercing should go in words?!). I'm really enjoying it and learning a lot, too. I finished up work today by making a list of all of the photos in the book and their captions. I went through to figure out which images are on hand, and which I still need to obtain. There are so many parts to putting this book together! I can't wait to see the finished product. Off to watch the Obama/McCain debate!

Fan Mail for Two

I had made a referral to a piercer and this is feedback from the gal who got pierced.
Hi Angel, I can't thank you enough for your help finding Clay at Infinite!! I went and had it done Saturday, he was really fantastic. He performed the VCH on me, it went very well, no problem at all. The placement looks just where it should be! You were so right he is a very cool and funny guy. I actually took a friend with me and she was thinking about getting the VCH but after Clay took a look at her, he told her she was perfect for the Triangle, and so she had him do it. It went perfectly, no problem for her either! You have helped me so much finding the right piercer, I truly thank you for all of your efforts. You know without your website I would have never been able to gather all the information I needed to know about these types of piercings, I would have stopped thinking about it years ago. So you have helped me on all levels. I hope you are doing well and that the book is coming along just fine, it will help so many people like me. Take Care Angel, K.

Feedback From My Editor

I have to admit that I've felt pretty stressed out while my editor, Lisa, has had been giving the manuscript for The Piercing Bible its first developmental edit. She sent it back tonight with this delightfully positive comment:
Hi Elayne, Wow, I feel like I've spent a lot of time with you this week! That's how well your fabulous voice shines through in this manuscript. It's clear, authoritative, informative, with little bursts of humor to keep the reader interested. Well done!
I'll admit I've got a HUGE grin plastered on my face after reading that!

Piercing a Nursing Mother?

Here is a question from a woman concerned about piercing while she is still nursing:
Hi, I was hoping that you could please give me some advice. I'm wanting to get a tragus piercing but am still breastfeeding my second child who is now 12 months old. (I have had a navel piercing for many years with no problems and had a tattoo many years ago as well.) I read the website on safe piercing and it suggests to wait for 3 months after the birth before getting any form of piercing. My son is 12 months. I was speaking to the piercer at Polymorph in Sydney today and they mentioned a few things that I was hoping you could clarify. Firstly they suggested that there is an issue of adrenalin going through my breastmilk which could send my baby hyperactive. I'm not so concerned with that as an issue unless you suggest it's a major, major problem. Secondly, the piercer was hesitant to pierce my tragus while I'm still breastfeeding as a concern of acquiring an infection and it passing through my breastmilk to my son. I am only feeding my son still on average twice a day and he is on full solids as well. The website on safe piercing doesn't seem to suggest not piercing at this stage. What is your opinion? The guys at Polymorph were very helpful in trying to help me make my decision but I thought I would enquire further before making my choice to pierce at this point as I obviously don't want to risk an infection and then passing it on to my child. Please advise?? Do you think it is safe to pierce now? Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Trish
If you are in good health, I believe you should be able to get a piercing at this time.

Fan Mail

Here is another nice message I got on MySpace:
Angel- My name is Alyssa and I'm a piercer from Toledo, OH.  I first heard of you during my apprenticeship; my mentor insisted I read your articles to familiarize myself with commonly asked questions and your after-care instructions.  This might seem a bit weird and perhaps unorthodox, but you are truly an inspiration to me! I hope that after I'm in this business for as long as you are I could help and inspire someone the way you have for me! Alyssa- Visions to Reality Tattoo and Piercing Studio

Fan Mail

I got this one on MySpace:

THE GREATEST PIERCER!!

HI ive been a fan of yours for years one of my friends visited you back in like 2000 with a chic that was getting something done by you, you sent me a t shirt i thought that was super cool and you are a true inspiration to all in the tattoo and piercing community!! April

Author Questionnaire, Done!

So what was this Author Questionnaire thingy anyway? Well, it was from the publicity and marketing department of my publisher Ten Speed Press in order to help them prepare to promote and sell my book. It was a pretty big job. This is what they requested:
Biographical Information Please write up a brief biographical sketch. Explain what qualifies you as an expert on the topic about which you have written. If relevant to the subject of your book, include universities or professional training (dates, degrees); previous and current occupations; professional organizations; honors, prizes, or citations; hobbies or special interests. Other Published Work Please list any of your previously published works.  Provide full title, publisher, and copyright date. Also, please note if any of your books have been serialized, reprinted in paperback, adopted by book clubs, made into a film, or published in another country. Background of Book What led you to write this book? Where did the original idea come from? Do you have any stories about the writing process? Description of Book Please describe your book in your own words—its subject, organization, contents, emphases, and especially its scope or intent.  How is your book unique? Competition Research What other books on the market do you consider to be competition? What attributes of your book are distinct from those of competitors?  Why should potential readers choose your book? Promotion Do you have experience with public speaking? Should opportunities for interviews/events with any of the following arise, would you be available:  Radio? Television? Print? Bookstores? Do you have a favorite local bookstore that might be appropriate for a signing or appearance?

Fan Mail

Well, who doesn't like to get fan mail? And sharing it is even more fun! So, I decided I'd post some here.
i just wanted to say you were great at app elayne. i was so stoked to go this year and it was all because of you. i look up to you in so many ways and i just want to say thank you for everything you have done for this industry and what you continue to bring to it. i strive to be like you and have the extensive knowledge you have, as corny as that may sound. hopefully next year ill have the nerve to actually go up to you and say hi. haha. have a great day. samantha

Author Questionnaire

Today I finished up my Author Questionnaire from the Publicity & Marketing departments at my publisher, Ten Speed Press.  It turned into a twelve-page document, but they'll definitely know more about me and be better prepared to sell my book now. They'll be putting up some of my answers to their questions in the author's section of their website. I'll post the link to that once they are posted.

VCH Re-Piercing

Question: Dear Angel, After having my Clitoral Hood pierced 3 times already in the last five years (VCH every time), I am now looking at the 4th time and would like your advice. My first VCH was pierced in Australia and the piercer used a ring instead of a barbell. While very stimulating for the first few weeks, the ring eventually became uncomfortable (twisting) and also started to grow out (move to the bottom end of my clitoral hood so I took it out). My second VCH was pierced in New Zealand and never really did anything for me. It was a barbell, but I felt that it was placed too high and eventually I took it out since my partner back then did not like it. My third VCH was an "engagement piercing" along with nipple piercings when I got engaged to my husband. Again a barbell and while slightly more sensation then with the second it never stimulated me as much as the first VCH had done the first few weeks. Due to an operation I had to remove the piercing last year and before I knew it the whole had grown closed. I am now looking to go for my 4th but since my experiences with the VCH so far have been only lukewarm (except for a first few great weeks with #1) i would be interested to find out if my anatomy is suitable for a Triangle or even clitoris piercing. Can you help me? Answer: Did you have a professional piercer check (by using a small gauge insertion taper first) to see if the channel had merely shrunk rather than closed? It is not uncommon that a VCH, once healed, can remain open without jewelry in place. They do tend to shrink down, but there may not be a need to re-pierce if the channel is still there. Also, depending on the amount of scar tissue that may have formed as a result of multiple piercings, it may be difficult to have another one placed in the area. I also have some questions for you: did you ever wear a ring in any of the subsequent piercings after the initial one? Maybe it was an issue of the jewelry styles rather than the piercings?