July 4th, 2009
I gave a brief interview about starting over (after Hurricane Katrina) and it was posted here along with a number of other highly uplifting stories. Here's mine: Elayne Angel I had a successful business in the French Quarter of New Orleans for over 12 years. Unfortunately, it closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My husband and I spent a modest sum and moved into a home in the Yucatan of Mexico. In this new, quiet environment I applied myself to writing a book “The Piercing Bible” on my area of expertise. The book has been published (by Ten Speed/Random House) and now my job is promoting it online and via book signings around the US. I networked with everyone I knew to let them know that I was writing a book and I got lucky: I have a friend whose brother works in publishing. He heard about my project and took an interest in it. He was instrumental in getting my proposal and sample chapters to a few major publishers. Without his assistance, I'm not sure how long it might have taken to get published. http://piercingbible.com To give credit where credit is due, my friend mentioned above is Caitlin McDiarmid, the Administrator for the Association of Professional Piercers. And the instrumental help was given to me by her brother, Mark. Here's to the McDiarmids for all of their amazing support!
June 26th, 2009
I'm so excited because tonight is the book signing party for The Piercing Bible at LeRoi Manhattan. If you're in the area, please stop by: 80 Rivington Street NYC (in the East Village) from 6-10 pm. Tomorrow and Sunday (June 27 and 28) I'll be performing piercings, and I'm looking forward to it!
June 16th, 2009
Today I got an interesting email from an aspiring piercer:
My name is Jordan and I was an apprentice up until a few days ago. I got your book and started reading "How To Choose A Piercer" and the piercing and aftercare techniques and realized that the person that I was learning from was not a skilled piercer. He was recommending baby shampoo as his sole aftercare product! I looked up the ingredients and among fragrances and surfactants were other irritants that were both genotoxic and cytotoxic! So I wanted to thank you because in reading the book twice I increased my knowledge tenfold! My girlfriend and I literally read your book together in bed :) Also the other day I was on the Rings of Desire site and saw that you used to sell autographed posters? Where was I?!? haha :) I'd love an autographed picture or poster! Would Love to hear from you soon!Hi Jordan, Thanks for your email. I'm so glad to hear that my book has proven to be helpful to you, and that you took the time to let me know about it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad piercers out there, and plenty of them are taking on apprentices to create yet more untrained, unskilled practitioners. My hope is that my book will help to elevate the whole industry. By creating educated consumers, it helps put those hacks out of business. I didn't imagine it was going to be the kind of book couples read in bed together! That kind of feedback sure puts a big smile on my face. You can get an autographed poster by ordering one through LeRoi. I'll be at their studio in Manhattan June 26-28 having a book signing and doing piercings. I've had a box of posters shipped there, and I can sign one for you and have it shipped out.
May 11th, 2009
My debut of The Piercing Bible at the annual conference for the Association of Professional Piercers was a huge hit! I sold hundreds of books (all of them that I'd brought with me!) and signed even more. Some of the attendees had already received copies they had ordered online, and they brought them for me to sign. It was the happiest I've ever felt while suffering from a case of writer's cramp. Next is the book signing at Antebellum Gallery on May 16 from 7-9 pm. I can't wait! I just got this IM'd from a piercer on Facebook:
Thanks again and your contribution to MY job and livelihood has never for once been taken for granted. its because of people like you, the REAL pioneers, that have given me the job i am into right now. thanks again.
May 5th, 2009
I'm in Las Vegas for the annual conference for the Association of Professional Piercers and TODAY is the formal debut of The Piercing Bible. This is so exciting! So many of the piercers here have expressed interest and I expect to be quite busy selling and signing books. I also have my poster and postcards here to sign.
May 1st, 2009
I was looking at The Piercing Bible on Amazon.com and I saw that another great reader review has been added. As of right now, there are four of them posted there, and they ALL have 5 out of 5 stars!
5.0 out of 5 stars "Buy it"! By: Mike (Los Angeles) - If you are mildly interested in having something pierced or a bit more serious about it, whether it be an earlobe or an intimate bodypart, if it's your first piercing or you've had several, you owe it to yourself to get Elayne Angel's book. She covers every facet of this subject, from just the anticipation of having it done to the actual procedure, including finding the right piercer, as well as the necessary aftercare and commitment involved to have a happy and healthy piercing. Her vast knowledge and experience are brought into words in a way that is easy to understand and refreshing to read. She covers every piercing located on the body that you can imagine, complete with its procedure, recommendations for initial guage and type of jewelry, as well as healing and aftercare information. Also covered are the stereotypes and myths that have been attached to this subculture. She shows that if you are at all interested in becoming a piercee, it may serve to alleviate any apprehensions you've had when you come to realize that people of all ages and walks of life enjoy having a bit of metal somewhere on their body, perhaps someone you would never even suspect. Just buy it, you'll be glad you did.I'm absolutely thrilled that the people who have been reading my book are enjoying it and finding it useful and informative.