Shameless Plug

I changed my name when I got married, not only because it sounded like a clapped-out country and western singer, but so I might write a book and be able to hand it to people and say, “Shauna Reid my book?”

I don’t know if that works with non-Aussie or Scottish accents, but when my friend Alex pointed it out to me I thought it was a tops joke. Now I’m finally about to put it to good use. I’ve written a book! And it’s being published on 1 January 2008!

It’s a memoir about my lard-busting adventures. A fatoir, if you will. But don’t let you put that off! The crazy weight loss is just one aspect of the story. As always I attempt to endear myself to as many demographics as possible. Hehehe. Check out the wacky cartoon likeness on the cover!

WARNING: Rack of cartoon may be more impressive than rack of author.

There are a million reasons for the secret squirrel behaviour since The Deal went down over a year ago, including worrying I’d bore everyone to death with my deadline hysteria, fretting about being a show-off, and feeling convinced it would never actually happen and I’d be mown down by a bus if I dared squeak up. I have a bad habit of doing this, like staying mum re Gareth until we’d been together for a year and I felt sure it wasn’t all an elaborate practical joke. But now the book is all written and edited and proofed and finally seems real… you can even pre-order it on Amazon UK! (Ooh that’s subtle)

I just wanted to say thank you to all you groovy groovers; for your encouragement and kindness and friendship and hilariousness. Thanks particularly for sticking around this past year when I’ve been a neglectful stress monkey. It really means the world.

Dr G perusing the proof.

About Shauna Reid

Ahoy there! Iā€™m Shauna, an author, copywriter and content mentor. I love telling stories about life and helping others to tell theirs.

Find out more about me and how we can work together – I’m now booking for February 2023.

47 thoughts on “Shameless Plug

  1. I can’t believe I’m the first to comment – woohoo! So excited for u…now you need to come back to Oz for a book signing!!

  2. Hot diggity damn that’s great! I had no idea you could write, let alone print and compile a book. How on EARTH did you get that dummy Amazon listing in as well…

    Seriously though, you are smart, funny and I’m adding this to my wishlist. Especially as we are both recently back in dietland!!


  3. Yes, I agree with Tan you need to come back to Australia for a book signing (and a posh meet the author luncheon and maybe a TV appearance) YAY !!

  4. I know I commented on DG as well but you deserve two comments:


    I reckon sometimes writing the book would have been harder than actually losing the weight (sometimes!)

    Also, posh meet the author luncheon in Aus – I’m in! šŸ™‚

  5. You are too sneaky for words.

    So is this why you’re going to New York? The start of your world tour?! Are you gonna be on The View!??

    Hearty congratulations, couldn’t have happened to a nicer blogger.


  6. Oh my feckin god that is so exciting. JESUS it’s ‘citing. I think I was the 2nd person to comment on the dietgirl blog… oh yes I was don’t go pretending I wasn’t…

  7. Om my GOD! That’s so exciting! Congratulations Shauna – I can’t wait to read it. Will it be out here in Australia on the 1/1 or will it take longer? *goes immediately to Amazon to investigate*…

    And it does look like you on the cover! Heeheehee! šŸ˜€ XXX

  8. Woohoo!! COngratulations, that is wonderful news!

    I can’t wait to read it.

    heehee those abs are awesome. šŸ™‚

  9. You are amazing! Write on! (That’s sort of a pun if said in an American accent, which I don’t have so I don’t know why I’m being so proprietorial about it.) Congratulations, can’t wait to read it, and hope you have a lovely time wandering around the city on your well-deserved holiday!

  10. That’s fantastic, congratulations! And I can totally relate to the secret squirrelling – I do the same things with jobs, and interviews and stuff. I’ve always thought the Dietgirl should be a book, you have such great humour and insight Shauna.

    And I love the cover too!

  11. Rack or no rack, it’s an impressive likeness.

    Muchos congratulaciones! I have this strange feeling of being close to greatness, although there might be minimal kudos to be gained by waving your book around and yelling “I’ve been a lurker on this girl’s blog for five years!”

  12. Okay! I signed up on Amazon in the U.S. to be sent an email as soon as they will let me buy the book!

  13. Never mind the rack, look at the abs on that likeness! That is fantastic news and well done for keeping the secret. I would have blabbed by now, absolutely no doubt. Signing up for my copy straight away. You are going to do a book signing, aren’t you? I’m sure we could come up with a nice Edinburgh pub for you to camp in with your biro poised!

  14. This is very exciting! I can’t wait to read it, and will recommend it to any customers who come into the bookshop in the new year looking for I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna or some such. Dietgirl is much more inspirational! xx

  15. Well done Shauna – you’ve finally outed yourself!! Can’t wait to get my free signed copy! Shauna Reid my book? A flash of genius on my part – ha ha!!

  16. Superb! Glad to hear – it’s not everyone who gets to publish a book. Anyone can blog but to print is another thing entirely.

    Good luck – the cover is going to help šŸ˜‰

    Scott F šŸ™‚

  17. Let me clarify that – anyone can blog (but few can blog well!) but to print is another thing entirely.


  18. Had to stop lurking to say congratulations. Nobody’s writing has engaged me more than yours has over the last few years (including published books), the only blogs I’ve read on a regular basis and the only time I’ve read archives!

    I understand the secrecy too. My Mum tells me that when I was learning to talk I used to practise new words in my bedroom alone before I’d say them in front of other people. Though I was mad at you for a little while when you finally outed yourself as DG – I could have been getting that fix much earlier.

    Can’t wait to get the book. I hope it’s released in Australia at the same time. I just wish it was before Christmas, it’d make a great pressie!

  19. yaaaay!
    what everybody else said! Cubed !

    How exciting! will buy as soon as I return home. Am reading wnp in St Petersburg!

    by the way I was dying to tell you that the opening speaker at the glasgow conference is Professor Sheona Reid of the glasgow school of Art!! How weird is that?
    (Hope she like paintings of toys cos that’s what I’m talking about.)

    Anyway, enough of that, your’e a legend. congrats.

  20. CONGRATS!! That’s brilliant. And I absolutely love the cover. Who’s the talented artist (I’m always looking out for illustrators in my day job) ?

  21. Congratulations! I will be sure to get myself a copy after I finally move to London at the end of December. I love the cartoon – you have such great abs too.

  22. Thanks so much everyone… *sniff sniff*

    And sadly the abs are inaccurate too šŸ˜›

    And Jude, you totally were Commenter No 2, i remember šŸ™‚

  23. Wow. Just wow. Shauna, in all honesty, you are someone I truly look up to and admire immensely. To have come so far, and been so successful, and still so down to earth. There is much love in my heart for you and your struggles šŸ˜€ And I will definitely be at an Aussie book signing too!

  24. Congratulations! You really do deserve to be in print.

    And there’s no better motivation to stay thin than having written a diet-memoir book, right?

  25. Wow!! Now I say that I used to speak on the phone to someone who is now nearly a published author *kudos*

    Hope the book’s a huge success, you deserve it, m’lovely šŸ™‚

  26. wow, the only 2 blogs i read, (u and petite anglaise) and you’ve both done books!

    well done, look forward to reading it.

  27. I’ll be knocking over other bookstore patrons in Feb to be the first to purchase a copy in Oz (which I will be posting to you for your autograph of course!) Congrat’s Shauna, you rock!

  28. WOW!! I just caught this thru a link not knowing it was you.. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Go Girl…. I wish you huge sales and lotsa I’ll be buying one too. Another great woman who has a blog called ‘Crazy Aunt Pearl’ has a book published also.. Way to go.

  29. A little bird – ok, then, my daughter K and Rosie – had told me about this and I’m SO PLEASED for you. Love the cartoon. It’s totally recognisable!

    We’ll definitely be buying our copies.

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