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My ambitious journey of becoming New York Times next best seller, all while wearing a pair of killer heels, love, love, love!

The P Word

on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Writing in Heels, Vanilla Thoughts

The P Word

Christmas is a time of festivities, family, and fun, and it is also a time of procrastination as our days and weekends in the lead up to December 25th, fill up with office parties, get-togethers and lunch dates. These jam packed itineraries offer easy excuses for not cleaning the car, for not attending those seven pump classes you signed up for, and excuses for not writing a single sentence beyond the 1000 words written for your second book back in October, when you had the pipe dream of 'finishing by Christmas'.

Don't You Know Who I Am?

on Tuesday, 19 August 2014. Posted in Writing in Heels

Don't You Know Who I Am?

It's a phrase made famous by the famous, normally exclaimed by a celebrity in a moment of frustration. But this cringe worthy expression is rather fitting for the next segment in my Writing in Heels journey...

Having published my book, set up my media kit, and snapped some professional-ish author photos, I was now ready to tell people who I am. A lesson in Self Promotion 101.

But Wait… There's More!

on Sunday, 03 August 2014. Posted in Writing in Heels

But Wait… There's More!

Normally the expression "But wait... there's more!" refers to those infamous home shopping commercials offering up two for the price of one deals on everything from vacuums to a convertible TV dinner table.

But when it comes to writing, or more specifically, the world of self publishing, this expression is applicable in every sense of the word! It's been a little while since I published Four of a Kind, but wait.. . there is definitely more!

Self Published - Four of a Kind

on Sunday, 23 March 2014. Posted in Writing in Heels

Self Published - Four of a Kind

It's been a pretty exciting time in my household this week, not just because it was my birthday, but mainly because I have reached a huge milestone in my writing career... I have published my first book! 

It has been a wee while coming and a lot of time and effort, but my debut novel 'Four of a Kind' is now available for purchase! So pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a couple cookies and snuggle into the couch as I tell you where you can get your hot little hands on my brand new book.

Self Publishing - Wake Up and Smell The Roses

on Saturday, 08 March 2014. Posted in Writing in Heels

Self Publishing - Wake Up and Smell The Roses

According to my last post, Self Publishing - The Write Way, my expected publication date for my debut novel was cited as March, 2014, and you may have noticed... we're currently in March! So where am I at? Is my book bound for the shelves or still gathering virtual dust on my hard drive.

It's time for an update on my journey to New York Times Best Sellers list... because it's just a matter of time now, surely!

Self Publishing - The Write Way

on Saturday, 08 February 2014. Posted in Writing in Heels

Self Publishing - The Write Way

It's been a little while since I announced a new path in my journey: the path of self publishing. So I thought it was time that I gave an update as to where I am on this path and when you can expect to see my first book publicly available! 

Admittedly, it hasn't been the easiest road to take as I thought my decision making was over, but in fact it was just the beginning. In this instance, you open one door and three more open in front of you!

To Be or Not To Be

on Tuesday, 10 December 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels

To Be or Not To Be

Perhaps I'm still feeling philisophical having just finished off a book on the philosophy of Inception, and this is why I'm choosing to title my latest spiel on my journey to becoming a New York Times Best Seller upon a Shakespeare quote, but without even delving into any detail, it just felt right. 

When one comes up against a wall, we often think "perhaps it's just not meant to be". To be or not to be... that is the question. Or perhaps it is a choice. 

The Waiting Game Sucks… Let's Play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

on Sunday, 15 September 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels

The Waiting Game Sucks… Let's Play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

Can you believe we are in September already? Yep, don't think too hard about it as, if you're anything like me, while the thought of the festive season quickly approaching will have you smiling cheerily, these thoughts are quickly shadowed as your mind becomes burdened with questions of "where has the time gone?!" and flashes of best intentions still hanging by the wayside.

What am I getting at in particular? Well, as the optimistic Piscean characteristic continues to dominate my livelihood, I certainly had aspirations that I had planned to have achieved by now. Namely... my book!

Questions and Authors - Amanda Egan

on Monday, 12 August 2013. Posted in Questions and Authors, Writing in Heels

Questions and Authors - Amanda Egan

There are so many ways for writers to learn tricks of the trade, better understand techniques such as story structure and character development, and pick up general tips for the publishing journey. In particular, hearing from other writers - whether published or not - can be really valuable, not necessarily because of their "insider secrets", but moreso because it can inspire us with our own writing. 

The latest section in the Rabbit Hole is about discovering the journey an author has taken, the challenges, the successes, the inspiration, and the future...

The Waiting Game

on Tuesday, 09 April 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels

...and the quest for the golden basket!

The Waiting Game

I have been inundated with emails and messages from you all, desperate to know whether I have heard anything from the agency I submitted my debut novel to 19 days ago - not that I'm counting or anything... ahem. And okay... I haven't really had any enquiring messages, but I thought it was time I update you anyway.

So what's the story? Have I heard anything yet? A good salesman doesn't give away everything upfront so I shall entice your click through by holding back the reveal just yet! Though maybe this article title kind of gives it away... doh!

Here, There... Everywhere!

on Monday, 08 April 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels

Here, There... Everywhere!

In my quest to become the next big thing and hit the NY times best-sellers list (and by the way, just for clarification I'm not suggesting I top it, I'm happy to just make the top ten, or even just the list in general) I have employed a 'build my profile' strategy.

Thus, in order to strengthen my image, extend my audience and really develop a name for myself which has a little more substance to it then a few good cookie recipes, I have further advanced into the world of social media.

One small step for Shaz, One giant leap for New York Times

on Sunday, 24 March 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels

One small step for Shaz, One giant leap for New York Times

So I have just hit a huge milestone in my life, no I'm not talking about getting hitched a couple of weeks ago, that's old news (ahem...), nor am I talking about recently celebrating my birthday (to be honest, does anyone really celebrate birthdays once they hit their mid-20's?) instead I am referring to my journey to becoming the next New York Times bestselling novelist. Have I got an Agent? Am I getting published? Is the book tour lined up? Wait just a minute there cowboy and put those guns back in their holsters.

Writing and Sex - The Best of Bedfellows

on Saturday, 09 February 2013. Posted in Writing in Heels, Sugar and Spice

Writing and Sex - The Best of Bedfellows

While I was thinking about how hard it is to get motivated about editing my book (another means of procrastination), I couldn't help strike up similarities between what is essentially writers block (in editing form) and sex. Now I'm sure I'm not the first person to make this comparison, but I felt it warranted some deeper exploration, and what did I uncover?