Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Baby's Called Le Snob - More Details About My Perfume Book


Okay folks, here's the announcement I've been dying to make. The book on which I've been working (aka the Top Secret Writing Project) is Le Snob: Perfume and it's due to be published by Hardie Grant in October; click on its title if you'd like to pre-order a copy... or two...

It is the latest in the series of Le Snob guides (other titles include Champagne, Whisky and Cigars) designed to help someone with a keen interest in a subject to start the process of becoming a connoisseur. It includes short sections on perfume appreciation, insights into a few fragrance creation processes and exclusive contributions from several industry figures. But the vast bulk of it will feature reviews of what yours truly considers to be the best, most interesting and/or most important perfumes from those currently available on the market. This is the section which will hopefully generate a healthy debate and lead to lots of passionate discussions!

I can't reveal any more details at this stage because I haven't actually seen the final proofs yet, so I don't know what has made the final cut and what hasn't. I haven't been informed about the final cover design (you'll see from the Amazon listing that the English version is currently shown with a Chanel bottle whereas the German translation sports the Shalimar flacon). However, one thing I do know is that my book has to adhere 100% to the structure of the other Snob guides, which means it won't have an Acknowledgements section. This is a real shame, as several people have provided invaluable help and support whilst I've been sniffing and typing away. To make up for this, I've decided that when the official publication date comes around, I'll post a special Acknowledgements entry here on the blog, in which I'll be able to thank people ad nauseam.

Finally, I should just say, with a great deal of embarrassment, that I can take no responsibility for the appalling errors in Amazon's product description. I'm not quite sure what medeocre frangrances are and I don't particularly wish to find out, so I hope someone gets rid of them pretty soon!*

But typos notwithstanding, I'm really thrilled to be able to share this news with you today. Expect more info soon!

Persolaise.

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*UPDATE 17th May 2012 - It would appear that some of these typos have now been corrected. Hopefully, the remaining errors will be dealt with soon.

28 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to it , congratulations.Angie Cox.

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    1. Angie, thanks very much indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!

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  2. Congratulations, I just pre-ordered my copy.

    Assumpta

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    1. Assumpta, thank you so much. I'm very touched.

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  3. Wow, sounds like a fun book. Please please tell me you've put a few niche frags in there.

    Preeta

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    1. Preeta, I most certainly included quite a few niche perfumes, but I'm not yet sure how many have made the final cut.

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  4. Amazing news. This will be one for the Christmas stocking.

    JD

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    1. JD, thanks very much. I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I am THRILLED for you !
    I'm sure it will prove a must-read<3

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    1. Chayaruchama, thanks very much, I'm thrilled too. And yes, it'll definitely be a must-read ;-)

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  6. Congratulations!!! I will definitely be buying a copy!

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    1. Gator Grad, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  7. Congratulations! The link doesn't work from my iPad but I shall certainly keep it on my radar. Will it be available on Kindle format?

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    1. Alityke, thank you. I've just tried the link on my iPad and it worked. Maybe you need to press down on the link for a second to bring up the menu options.

      Good question re: the Kindle. I'm afraid I don't know the answer as yet, but I'll definitely keep you posted.

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  8. Congratulations! Re Amazon you can set up an author page on Amazon author central and submit any errors or changes to your product description & edit your own bio etc also put your twitterfeed to if you wish.

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    1. Karen, excellent tip, thank you very much. I'll look into it right now :-)

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  9. This is so exciting. It'll be awseome to have an up-to-date guide. Have you reviewed the frags like Luca and Tania?

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    1. Anon, thank you. Sorry, but I don't know exactly what you mean by your question. There are no 'negative' reviews in the book, as it's supposed to be a kind of 'best of the best'.

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  10. Persolaise, congratulations. That's the best news I've gotten in awhile! I can not wait to read it. xoxo

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    1. *jen, thanks very much indeed. It's gratifying to receive so many encouraging comments. I can't wait to see the final copy either!

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  11. Congratulations! I really look forward to reading this and have signed up @ the Amazon site (in the US) to be notified when it's available here!

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    1. RusticDove, thank you so much. I hope it'll be available through Amazon USA too.

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  12. Oh lord, I'm so excited! No matter what makes the final cut, I predict that anyone with a passing interest in perfume will go bonkers over it. :)

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    1. Carrie, thank you. And yes, I certainly hope people enjoy it.

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  13. I just signed up to be notified when it is available through Amazon in the U.S. I am looking forward to reading your best!

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    1. Arwen, thanks very much indeed, I appreciate it. I hope it'll be available through Amazon USA.

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