Here Is The News

Remember last year I had a wee existential crisis and asked you guys, What Do You Do For A Living? You kindly responded with 117 comments of pure inspiration. It proved a virtual kick up the arse and made me think hard about where I was going and what I was doing with my time.

I realised I'd been waiting for a Writing Epiphany, just as I'd waited for a Lard Busting Epiphany many years earlier. And like the lard busting, I realised there wouldn't be an epiphany, but just a moment; when I made a plan, picked up the tools and took the first step.

Well I'm happy to report that eighteen months later, after supersized amounts of shoddy drafts and labour and luck and wheeling and dealing and tea and tears and editing and mighty good times, I've finally finished the bloody book. WOOHOO.

I also heard from Random House Australia last week that it shall be coming out Down Under in February. Double WOOHOO!

You may be thinking, I've read the blog, why would I want a book? Well, the book is the blog turned up to eleven! It's the complete story, without annoying archive gaps. It has three dimensions and contains much more fibre!

You could also put it in your handbag. You could put it on your head and walk across the room to practice good posture. Or you could stroke the cover, because the title is embossed! Recently I went to London to visit my rockin' publisher and they gave me a cover, and I just can't stop stroking the puffy letters.

Alternatively, you might even want to read it! I poured heart and soul and guts into each of the 90,000 words. There's just so many stupid diet books out there written by smug, bossy celebrities, so I tried to write an antidote to all that. Sure it contains weight loss, but it's also about love and life and travel and chocolate and feeling good in your own skin.

I have been pissfarting around for so long now, waiting for a good moment, not wanting to be a showoff, and worrying a piano would drop on my head if I dared say it out loud. I practiced telling people at BlogHer and on Facebook and now I'm finally officially yabbering about it here. The book is done and it's just starting to hit me that it's actually real and happening! I'm really proud and bewildered and bloody excited πŸ™‚

And now here's a few words from the poor souls who read the book multiple times throughout the long and winding writing process. I asked them for a one-line review, and some grasped the concept better than others…

"Not bad! I get all the best lines!"

"Bloody brilliant – but I get all the best lines!"

"Shauna's book is not simply a succesful weight loss adventure. It is a journey back to her centre. Through rise and fall, and fall and fall and rise – till she finally flies – she gives the essence of the true companionship with ourselves. She elaborates on the necessity of accepting, admitting, embracing and supporting who we really are. And she does it with hard proof, humbleness, pride, sincerity and vigour that is really pouring out of each word.

I learned so much from reading her book. I really found answers. I read and re-read several parts till they really sunk in my heart. It is so different from reading a blog. Instead of several tubes of different shades and colours, I was in front of a finished canvas this time."

"Shauna's book ran me through the whole gamut of emotions…from belly laughter, to moments of intense sadness and empathy for Shauna at the beginning of her adventure, to awe for the changes she made – one step at a time, falling down at times, picking herself up, going so far out of her comfort zone; to eventually emerge triumphant – stronger in mind and body, yet still growing.

I wanted to start reading it again when I finished – it's a book that you keep dipping into – when you are climbing that tricky mountain, when the scales don't show a result or when you think you can't make through the day without a chocolate bar."

So here endeth the sales pitch! Or shall I sneak in that pre-order link one more time? Also, if you're into Facebook you can join the group Go Dietgirl Go! to get all the latest news. I'm down with the technology!

And thank you all, for everything.

108 thoughts on “Here Is The News

  1. Oh Shauna, WELL DONE girl. That’s such wonderful news. I’m looking forward to seeing the real thing, out on the shelves here in Australia.

  2. At the risk of sounding like an 90’s talkshow audience member: You go girl!

    Looking forward to seeing (and buying) your book in Aus. Your blog is an absolute joy to read but carting a computer around isn’t quite as convenient as a book!

  3. Hey,has the pic on the front cover turned you into a blonde instead of a fabulous red head??

  4. Congratulations on your book! I have just discovered your blog(s) recently and have already made it through most of the archives this past week (it’s been really slow at work lately!). I have to say you are amazing and inspirational and absolutely hilarious- I hope that’s not too sappy or weird creepy internet stalker like. I’ve been telling hubby little anecdotes from the blog all week. I think he may be getting tired of it but he laughs all the same. I wish you well with this book and all your other endeavors. Can americans order from amazon uk? I’ve never tried.

  5. Congratulations you gorgeous, fabulous, inspirational girl…
    You should feel very proud young lady!

  6. Wow- that is fantastic. I have been reading your blog since way back in 2003- the only one from those days that I still read! I was just thinking the other day- why hasn’t she written a book : ) (seriously).

    Congratulations- love the cartoon cover especially the six pack! : )

  7. Bloody finally – you’ve been hinting at this thing for ages now, I’ve been waiting for it!

    I’m putting it on my list for Santa πŸ™‚

  8. Shauna, congratulations!! I am de-lurking to tell you how very excited I am for you. Your writing is so funny, warm and personal – I love how you let us in on all your ups and downs and adventures. I always feel inspired to take some chances and try new things. All the while being a bit whiney about it πŸ™‚ Hope we can get the book soon in the US. I am intrigued with “filling in the blanks”.

  9. Shauna, congratulations!! I am de-lurking to tell you how very excited I am for you. Your writing is so funny, warm and personal – I love how you let us in on all your ups and downs and adventures. I always feel inspired to take some chances and try new things. All the while being a bit whiney about it πŸ™‚ Hope we can get the book soon in the US. I am intrigued with “filling in the blanks”.

  10. Have written a reminder to buy in February in my memory book (how old am I!). Congratulations, what an incredible achievement. I am sure it will be a best seller.

  11. Fab-oh-roony. Congratulations. I am finally delurking. I find your writing truly inspirational and I love that you include all your highs and lows. I can’t wait till it is released in Australia. Go dietgirl, go dietgirl….

  12. Congratulations, Shauna! I love, love, love the cover. Makes me want to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Or something. What wonderful news!

  13. Oh Shaune, I’m so excited for you – and I’ve never known an author before (well blogknown an author) and I just feel so proud of you and for you. And I so loved the Mothership’s comment – as a Mum I can relate and I can hear how busting with pride she is. I’m off to place an order now
    Z xx

  14. How amazing. I will be sure to buy a copy. You must be busting at the seams with excitement!

  15. because to preorder from the uk, it will cost me like 30 us dollars, or 13.5 pounds. maybe my currency conversion is off. If its not being released int he us, I’ll still order it, because i’m excited, but yeah.

  16. Eeeee… so exciting! I’m goint to unfreeze* my credit card for this (and that’s only allowed for very important stuff).

    *My credit card is in my freezer, in a block of ice. This is Keks idea. It curbs impulse spending when I have to think for half an hour while my credit card defrosts before just nonchalantly spending, like it wasn’t real money or something….

  17. That is so outrageously fantastic!!!! But I wonder if I would be able to order one, being American with only American dollars.

  18. WOW! Congrats! I’m sure it will be a huge success. How exciting – Shauna the author!

    You’ll have to let us know when we can get it in the US.

    This must be the week for the amazing weight loss bloggers to show their stuff. PQ just did the same. You are two of the first blogs I ever read and have been a loyal reader ever since.

    I can’t wait to read it (and maybe work on my posture).


  19. Shauna,

    Your blog is amazing and I’ve thought over and over again: when is this girl going to write a freakin’ book already! She’s incredible!

    Your blog is the first diet/exercise blog I’d ever read. And I was hooked from day one and immediately had to go back and read ALL archives – laughed out loud many times, and even found myself getting misty-eyed when you and Gareth tied the ‘ole knot.

    In any case… a long winded congratulations to you, very well deserved!

  20. SWEET! Amazon pre-orders, here I come! I’m so glad you finally finished, but purely for selfish reasons – I can’t wait to read it!

    Wait, wait, hold the phone. I just realized it says Amazon UK, as it should. You’re over there, I’m over here. Gulp. Is it coming over here (US)???!!

    Although, I am due for a European vacation…

    Congrats, Shauna, you really are a superhero. Ugh, that was major cheese. I’m done now. πŸ˜‰

  21. I am so happy for you and really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! You rock πŸ™‚

  22. Congratulations Shauna. What a wonderful next step. And once it becomes an international best seller, and movies are being made about it, you won’t have to worry about eating quiet fruit anymore as you will have people working for you and then you can do whatever the hell you like πŸ™‚

    Well done. You deserve all the good fortune in the world. x

  23. I haven’t dropped by before, but you probably know who I am. I’m just here to say congratulations on the whole book schmozzle! That’s really excellent news, and it sounds like you’ve got a great book with your name attached to it.

  24. Cheers everyone! You’re very kind, woohoo!

    As I said in the entry, all I know is it’s coming out in the UK on 1 Jan and in Australia in February. I’m pretty sure you can get it shipped overseas from Amazon. Whether it comes out in the world anywhere else depends on whether any other countries want to buy the rights to the book. If I’m lucky enough for that to happen I’ll let you know πŸ™‚

    CHEERS AGAIN! How excitement. Woohoooooooo! πŸ™‚

  25. Congratulations Shauna. Can’t wait to read it!!

    p.s. just how does one go about getting a book published anyway? (not that I’ve written one of course!)

  26. Way to go, DG.

    Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cover.

    What an achievement and what an inspiration! You so deserve this and global domination in the book market!!

    Big kiss.

    Mrs Lard xxxxxxx

  27. Shauna I am so thrilled for you. I will be lining up for my copy when it hits the shelves down under.

    You are an awesome woman! and the embossed cover sounds oh so sexy πŸ˜‰

  28. Thank God!! I have spent so many nights sitting trawling through old entries and it literally does my head in some times. I love reading but, as you say, the headings etc, it is an arduous project on the computer.

    I am so proud of you, feel like you are a family member who just won a Nobel Peace Prize.

    You rock

  29. I can finally talk about it then? hehehe

    I am just SO proud of you Shauna mou! SO SO proud!!!!

    Congratulations again!!!!!!

  30. Congratulations! I’ve been lurking quietly round your blog for awhile, but I’ll definitely be grabbing ahold of your book when its out in Australia. Well done πŸ™‚

  31. I can finally talk about it then? hehehe

    I am just SO proud of you Shauna mou! SO SO proud!!!!

    Congratulations again!!!!!!

  32. Why am I tearing up a little?

    Bursting with a little bit of proud here Shauna.

    Ok, A WHOLE BLOODY STACK of proudness.

    Finally. This is what it comes to. What an absolutely beautiful pinnacle.

  33. Once again, you go girl, but am I allowed to say that you can ALSO pre-order it online at Waterstone’s who do free delivery? Or even more evil on a blog (whisper it) you can pre-order it at your local bookshop, they do that too, and that way you can support them as well.
    I like the cover, but I really loved your other cartoon persona, but does she only come in a double-pack with your sis?
    Once again, respect, and your publishers are on the ball – any book with ‘diet’ in it peaks AFTER Christmas and AFTER New Year: a 1st January release date is excellent. All the best.

  34. Did they make you a BLONDE on the cover?!! I’ve ordered my copy! When you get ready for your book tour, I hope you come to the Southeastern US!

  35. Congrats Shauna !! Can’t wait to have my own copy !! πŸ™‚ then i can point to it & say I knew her way back when …

  36. That’s fantastic, I can’t wait to read it as I didnt start reading your blog until you had lost weight so I have missed all the beginning stuff and it is too much to read on the computer. Congratulations I am really pleased for you.

  37. Ok, well just read it this am a day later, but I will throw in my very humble congratulations on the book…I will be buying one for myself…keep up the great job!

  38. Oh my goodness, that’s fantastic, I’m so totally going to buy it. (And why I’m now sounding like a Valley girl I don’t know!)

    Huges congratulations – I picked up that you were pulling it all together in a book but I didn’t realise you had a publisher, did I miss something or did you keep that quiet? Absolutely fantastic, but no more than you deserve, your writing is amazing.

  39. Congrats Shauna! I can’t wait to read this. Will it be available in the US or do I have to pay for trans-Atlantic shipping?

  40. Dude, that is so freaking awesome. You’ve followed through on something I’ve dreamed of for years, an actual published book! Goddamn. I’m seriously proud to know you πŸ˜€

    Hey, I’ve actually managed to convince my employer to give me a full-time-blogging job – I’m basically planning on turning it into World Wide Jeb: Corporate Edition πŸ˜‰ Shoot me an email and I’ll send you the URL if you’re interested/can survive occasional posts blatantly focused on product placement. It’s not online yet but will be in the next week or two πŸ™‚

  41. You are a Do’er! You seem to set your mind to something and accomplish it. I can’t wait to get it in the States, when will it be in the states?

  42. This is so awesome! I knew it had to be in the works, your blog is to good to be ignored by the publishers. I am a long time reader and will hopefully import a copy to the US. πŸ™‚

    I am so happy for you!

  43. Many have already said it, but wow, congratulations on this incredible accomplishment. I think my next book club pick is going to have to be your book, so I can share your wisdom and humor with others! I’m so thrilled that you and Pastaqueen (my two all time, never miss an awesome entry, favourite bloggers-and I’m not just saying that) both have books coming out in the new year! I’m so pumped !!! Woo hoo!!! Good for you!!!

  44. Shauna –

    That is awesome news and you deserve to be proud! I recently stumbled upon your blogs and I can’t wait to read your book! BTW, have fun in The City (as we obnoxious tri-staters call NYC).

  45. OMG!!! I must say it’s about bloody time!! :)It’s so exciting. You are a genuine bonefide in print author!!! You must practice your autograph. Will there be a book signing launch party? Will there be a buffet?? Can I come? πŸ˜‰

  46. I’ve already said congrats on WNP, but thought you might want to know I’ve given your book a plug on my reading blog! I’m so delighted for you!!

  47. That is huge news and it must feel incredibly satisfying! So, gift-wise, you’ve got Xmas all wrapped up?

  48. cheers so much, youse legends πŸ™‚ THANK YOU!

    as i said earlier, I don’t know anything about the USA or other countries. People have to buy the rights to sell it overseas. Will let you know if I get lucky!

    I did find out today that it come out in NZ the same time as Oz, huzzah!

    And the hair on the cover is more gingery, that pic is a scan of it so the colours are a bit wishy washy πŸ™‚

    w00t! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  49. Wowee. Like I converse with someone PUBLISHED, and FAMOUS!
    Seriously though (and ignore the Oprah style gushing) you have done so well by letting your true self shine through your writing. Are you doing a promo tour?

  50. It’s so exciting to see the ball in motion… not long now and and you’ll be a published author…

    better start thinging up other ideas for storylines and plots! cause you’re book is going to be a world wide success…. you can taste success in the air!

    I’ll have to get you to sign my copy when i get it hey!!!

    cant wait to be able to say i know someone famous!

  51. Shauna,

    A big congrats to you and all your success. I’m so happy for you! Way to go! Hooray! I can’t wait to buy my copy. πŸ˜€

  52. I’ve been wondering when you were going to blab. Was it liberating or terrifying to click on the ‘post’ button?

    Congratulations, I’m sure it’ll be a bestseller. πŸ™‚

    I’m going to preorder a copy now. Who can wait for the bookshops to get stocks in? Not me…

  53. Wow, what a wonderful cover! I hope you sells tons and tons. It’s going to be fab and I can’t wait to read it.


  54. yay!! I couldn’t wait for it to hit Australia…just pre-ordered it from Amazon UK. This is amazing Shauny, well done!!

  55. YEAH!! So excited for you. Glad you did it. It is an awesome feeling to follow your dreams! I can’t feel to get my hands on the book.

  56. What i want to know is, how the hell am I going to get you to SIGN my copy if you’re all the way over there?!?!

    Can’t wait to read it, own it, and brag to everyone ‘I KNOW her!’ (well, virtually, heh.)

    I’m so thrilled for you babe. You Rawk!

  57. I don’t usually comment, but have been reading your blog for a good while (a couple of years, I think) and read the whole of the archives early on. I found your journey incredibly inspiring and moving, and you deserve to be amazingly proud of yourself! You’re a great writer (your blog posts are evidence enough of that) and many many congratulations on the book. I’ll definitely be buying a copy (and quite probably one for relatives.)

    Well done again — hope you’ve broken out the champagne! πŸ™‚

  58. All Americans listen up, you can DEFINITELY pre-order (or order) just about anything from Amazon UK. I have purchased all my Harry Potter and harder-to-find P.G. Wodehouse books there for years. You do have to pay for shipping though, whereas you can opt for free shipping on Amazon US, usually shipping runs about a little over 10 American dollars. But seriously, that’s not bad considering books are cheaper off Amazon compared to bookstores anyway.

  59. But what I want to know is, are those BOOBS in 3-dimension!

    I pre-ordered mine from in Canada too, in case that hasn’t been mentioned (too many comments to read through them all because I’m late in reading!)

  60. Shame they couldn’t get it out for the pre-Christmas splurge…
    Congrats anyway – when will we see you for a book signing in London?

  61. Congratulations Shauna! Wonderful, wonderful news that could not have happened to a nicer person. Well done!

  62. What can I add, except more heart-felt congratulations.

    And may I agree with Donna up above… That’s an impressive rack they illustrated for you, not to mention the the abs. No less than our favorite super-heroine deserves!

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