A Piercer's Praise

I received this message on Facebook : hi! My name is Nycole and I have been piercing for 2 years in VA. I absolutely adore your book! I have also just really relished getting to learn so much from you from your blogs, videos, magazine columns, etc...I had a pretty inadequate apprencticeship and its been really cool, we have been revamping our shop and we are apply for membership for app within the month. We were just really out of date with sterility, jewelry, aftercare etc. But I just wanted to say thanks for all you have done for piercing. Our shop, myself, and our clientele have benefited greatly from it o man! I Thanks! Nycole ---

Captivated A Reader!

I had an email exchange with the gal who wrote a review on her blog: because she'd emailed me with positive feedback about my book and  I'd asked her to post a review on Google books and/or one of the bookseller websites:
I actually already wrote one on my blog (I write reviews of many books that I read) www.sosnowy.wordpress.com Your book is very well written. I read so much non-fiction for classes and often find it very difficult to pay attention, but your book captivated me just like fiction does. I am an aspiring writer (of novels), so I pay attention to language use.
I responded: I can't tell you how much your feedback means to me! Thanks so much for your support and for the wonderful review! I'm absolutely delighted. I knew the book would be informative, and that I'd given it my all, but I didn't really know how "readable" it would turn out. Wow, hearing you describe my book as "captivating" is more than I could ever have hoped for, to be honest. Coming from a writer (aspiring or otherwise) that really means the world to me. I wish you all the best with your own writing. Thanks again, Elayne

Wonderful Review on A Writer's Reading Room

I ran into a wonderful review of The Piercing Bible on this blog: "A Writer's Reading Room"
The name of this book says it all. Not only does Angel offer sound advice for all types of piercings, but she gives cultural history, pre and post care instructions, information about body type and compatible piercings, health risks and management, sex and piercings, and information about traveling through airports or visiting the doctor with piercings that cannot easily be removed. She even offers advice to the frustrated parent. These are only a few of the many topics Angel covers in this 300 page Piercing Bible–there’s even an index for keyword searches. I purchased this book on a whim, even though I rarely ever do more than flip through a non fiction book, but I sat down to read a couple of chapters and discovered that four hours had passed and I had read most of the book cover to cover. Elaynes writing is thourough and informative, and it has broadened my opinions and misconceptions I had of many body piercings. If you have been toying with the idea of getting a piercing, or have had many, or if you are a piercer yourself–this book will provide you with two decades of expertise from the world’s most knowledgeable piercer.

In the "Tattoo Gazette"

A nice synopsis of The Piercing Bible was posted in the Tattoo Gazette, with a bunch bunch of great comments. Check it out!

Post Your Own Review

I just got an email message from a reader:
Thanks so much! I picked up your book yesterday and read it (mostly) cover to cover this morning, which I never do with non fiction works. Excellent job!!! Thank you for taking the time and energy to put so much of your knowledge in print--and in such a comprehensive and not boorish manner! Sarah
My response: Wow! Thanks so much for the fantastic feedback on my book! I really appreciate every comment! I'm thrilled to hear you were able to zoom right through it so quickly. Could I enlist your aid in spreading the word? Would you mind posting a little review on one or more of the following web pages (it could be the same review): on here Amazon.com toward the bottom of the page are the customer reviews with the link that says "Create your own review" Also here on Google books next to the image of the cover is a link that says "write review" and/or here on Barnes and Noble Whenever you have a chance would be fine--no emergency. I really appreciate your support! Thanks, Elayne Angel The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing angel@piercingbible.com http://piercingbible.com/ http://piercingbible.com/blog http://www.facebook.com/elayneangel http://twitter.com/elayneangel

"Should Have Charged More"

This great review was recently posted on Amazon.com and I can tell this guy totally felt like he got his money's worth:
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkslinger, August 2, 2009
By Joel Lopez (Brownsville, TX)
This is more than what I expected. I am half way through reading it and have learned more than what I had bargained for as far as the price on this book. It was very well put together and I hope she has not left anything out of the book. Great reference book for a piercer. As a matter of fact I will recommend this book to an online friend I recently found as well as others who are interested in this field of body art. She could have charged more for this book. Just my two cents' worth.
Thanks for the positive feedback, Joel. I appreciate it. And FYI--I didn't set the price for the book--my publisher did that. They also made me cut out about 22,000 words from the original version! But I did my best to get it all in there in the space I was allotted.

Two Thumbs Up

Yet another 5-star review! This one is from a piercer with a lot of experience. She said she's already used it to help her clients be better informed:
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional piercist says "Two Thumbs Up", August 3, 2009
By Aces And Eights Tattoo "modified_woman" (Mt Carmel, Illinois USA) -
Thank you Elayne Angel for writing this book. I have already used it to help my clients become better informed about the piercing they want to receive from me. Although 13 years in the business has left me very well informed, I did learn many new things about the sociology of piercing and body modification. Also Elayne's years of experience was so well documented that it was like attending a convention of the A.P.P. only a lot less costly!

The Achille's Piercing

I got an email about this very unusual (and dangerous!) piercing:
Hi Elayne, My name is Chris. I just had a question for you and would like your input.  I just got my ankle pierced between the ankle bones and the achille's tendon. I've had it in for two weeks and its a 14 gauge PTFE. The piercing is great and everybody either thinks I'm crazy or they love it. It's healing just fine, a little sore but I was expecting that. My question is, do u see any long term damage or and problem with this piercing at all? If you could please email me back I would love your advice. Christopher
My response: Hi Christopher, I'll openly admit to you that this isn't a piercing I would do or recommend. As my book, The Piercing Bible, describes it in the "Risky Piercings" section:
Piercing behind bone, tendon, or other anatomical structure can cause excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and/or loss of function.
So, the risks are pretty serious and certainly should cause you to be very careful with it and to take it out if you experience any loss of function. I imagine you've seen this? http://news.bmezine.com/2008/02/09/unlikely-but-true-achilles-piercing/ and this? http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Achilles_Piercing Be safe! Elayne Angel The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing angel@piercingbible.com http://piercingbible.com/ http://piercingbible.com/blog http://www.facebook.com/elayneangel http://twitter.com/elayneangel
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