“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I've been getting too many odd comments from readers about the new publicity photo for my upcoming book. (It's also my Facebook photo) Please look it over ...

I know the big bald guy looks kinda scary. In fact, the women editors at Random House/Ballantine even decided it was too intimidating to run on the book's back cover as an author's photo, afraid it would chase potential female readers away. Am I THAT ugly? My publicist, however, loves it and has sent it everywhere.

At any rate, look closer at the photo, at the details of the tool belt: banana, wooden spoon, feather duster. This portrait, taken by Jane Pierce, was entirely meant to be funny and over-the-top. But did we miss it?

Doesn't this capture the essence of Linc Menner, our main character from "Househusband" and my upcoming "Man of the House?" Isn't this what he would look like?

Give me your thoughts ... and if you don't want to contact me through this blog device you can email me directly at ad@adhudler.com


Anonymous Anonymous said...


"...look at my photo, at the details of my tool belt: banana, wooden spoon, feather duster..." -- Ad Hudler

Perhaps your daughter's dreaming of the the day,
Adorned with matrimonial aplomb,
When she tosses up a pink and white bouquet
And weds a spouse exactly like her mom.


July 29, 2008 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I don't get it.

July 29, 2008 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Kathy Holiday said...

Since I haven't seen you in a while, my question is: When do you get so buff (and I don't mean your pate). Look at those guns! Have you been swimming in the river to rescue hapless boaters? Is there a feather-duster workout (and do feather dusters really work?) I haven't heard of? Perhaps the answers are to come in later postings...

July 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I discovered power lifting about 18 months ago, and I am addicted now. It's a midlife thing, for sure. It was either new guns or a corvette. :)

July 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

You know, I didn't notice what was in the tool belt. Just that a big guy was wearing one. I think it's the crossed arms that looks a bit intimidating. Although I can see how it would be a good publicity photo, given what the book is about.

July 31, 2008 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Keetha: I've been enjoying your blog...lots of personality. And thanks for the lead on Fredericksburg, Texas. Hadn't heard of that.

August 1, 2008 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Henrietta Pussycat said...

Hi Ad, my dear aunt Leah has appropriately pimped out your blog to the masses so here I am. Once I noticed all of the acoutrements (oven mitt, duster, banana, spoon) I thought it was quite cute. But they were so subtle I didn't notice them until the 3rd time I looked. Maybe if the oven mitt was more visible, or there was a spoon in hand or something bigger in the belt. *shrug* But I don't think you look intimidating and I think it's fine. Although I think Linc has a really charming smile.

August 3, 2008 at 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ad, you are a pompous ignorant man thats life revolves around you social standing. Take the tool belt off, put on a turtle neck, and just take a normal picture and put it on your book, it will soon be in a 50 cent bin at goodwill.

April 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

And, Anonymous...obviously you are very drunk. Watch your syntax and punctuation!

April 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM  

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