Monday, January 30, 2006


When a literary writer SPAMs me about the release of his new book (as so many do these days) why would he think the word "Ballsey" and a wry description of one of his testicles appearing on the cover art would entice me to buy it? Is this like some new shock-promo thing?

No sale here, pal, sorry. I am kind of curious to see* the cover art, though.

*Went and looked it: no testicle, only an accidental (or artfully-placed?) shadow on the inner thigh. I should probably embarrass the author and link to it, but I'm feeling too mellow. And dude, if you're reading this? Do the reading public a favor and stop posing for your covers. Fabio you're not.


  1. Stuart'll try anything for publicity, won't he?

  2. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Ironically, I just got spammed by a new author who thought that I might want to shell out 15 bucks for her self-published vampire romance -- and she seemed very surprised when I sent her back a tart note asking her to remove me from her list and that I would never buy her book. Didn't I want to hear about new vampire romances? She certainly did.

    Clearly didn't have a clue.

  3. now i'm curious about the cover

  4. Shiloh, me too. And someone - to keep Sheila looking nice *grin* - can send it to the Smart Bitches for some cover snark. :-)

  5. Anonymous5:01 PM

    Dude, no fair!

    You blog about a schlumpf and then protect him from the thorough mocking he obviously deserves?

    Obstruction of justice and my good time!


  6. Excuse me. I had to endure a three hour hot wax job in order to pose for that cover. If that ain't bleeding for yer art, I don't know what is.

    Hee hee.

  7. Gabriele...THAT would work.

    excellent idea...

  8. Anonymous9:52 PM

    Oh, I got spammed from this author I'd never heard of before, too! Didn't even check out his book -- just wrote back and asked him to take me off his mailing list.

  9. Hmm. I've never been spammed by an author for their upcoming book release. I'm so not in the loop.

    Doug -- now that's an image!

  10. Well, this posting had me spewing a mouthful of hot tea. Too funny. Reminds me of a "point to ponder" that a cousin sent me today: "If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?"

    I for one am glad that the brassy author kept his quizzicals covered ... or at least well shadowed! ;o)

  11. OMG--it was way too early in the morning to read this--I blew coffee right onto my computer screen! LOL

  12. I got spammed by an author who wanted to exchange--no kidding--autographed books!


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