Thursday, September 22, 2011

2012 Foodies Guide to Sydney

I've been published! Or my name is in a book that has been published.

In a bit of exciting news from Miss Piggy Land I was asked to be a contributor to the 2012 Foodies Guide to Sydney which is due to hit bookshops at the beginning of October.


Contributing to this book was both incredibly exciting and frightening all at the same time.  It was an experience that really pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

I was thrilled to be asked to write a few small reviews for the publication however I was hyper-aware that I was being published alongside qualified journalists and writers who have been writing as professionals for years. I felt myself under a bit of pressure to write something...readable. Was my writing good enough?  Would the spell check on my little ole laptop work properly so that I didn't submit writing that looked and read like it was from a four year old?  Should that comma go here...or there?

Writing a blog, where you can blather on for as long as you like, is a whole other ball game to producing a succinct and eloquent piece of writing.  As well as learning how to say what I had to say in only 50 words (yes 50 words - I can't even order a meal in under 50 words) I had to present myself to the businesses being reviewed and ask questions which is completely the opposite to the anonymous type of blogging I've been undertaking for the last year.

I have to say the thing that I most enjoyed about contributing to this book was meeting and talking to small business owners in my local area. This is A LOT of great food in Parramatta  from Artisan Bakers, Persian Grocers and Spice Shops that will awaken your senses the moment you step across the threshold.

All in all it was a great experience to contribute in my small way to this guide and I'm as pleased as punch to see my name in actually print for the first time EVER!

Thanks Hardie Grant Books for the great opportunity - it's been challenging and greatly rewarding!

28 comments:

  1. BIG CONGRATS <3333 so well deserved can't wait to read ^___^

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  2. So exciting! Can't wait to read your contribution.

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  3. Congrats on getting published! Can't wait to check it out!

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  4. Congrats! You'll have to upload your bio blurb too :)

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  5. oooh wow congratulations! that is seriously cool!

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  6. Woo hoo!!! Good on you! I will be looking out for your reviews!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  7. Congrats Miss Mel ;) Golly gosh, bravo, well done, I don't get Sydney stuff here ;(how do I get a copy? News agency, shop??

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  8. Wow this is so exciting! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read it :-)

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  9. Wow, that is awesomesauce! I can barely contain my jealousy :p I don't normally buy those books (they outdate so quickly), but I'll definitely check this one out. Congrats again!

    --xo.

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  10. A big congratulations! What an exciting opportunity.

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  11. Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see it.

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  12. this book is already out - I purchased it about 2 weeks ago at my local newsagency. I'll pay extra attention to the entries for Parramatta now.

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  13. Congratulations MissPiggy. What a fantastic experience that would have been. Wishing you many more :)

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  14. Wow!! CONGRATULATIONS! That's so exciting!! Well done :)

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  15. Congrats Mel! Surprisingly I picked up the book a couple of weeks ago now! Great work! :-) Here's to many more to come!

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  16. Congratulations :) Thats such awesome news! I bet its a great read and I cant wait to see it!!

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  17. Congrats!! Great to hear. Power to the little blogger people!

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  18. wow you are published...TWICE! grats grats :D

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  19. awesome stuff! congrats on this and have fun on your euro trip!

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  20. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more of your words when the book comes out:)

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  21. Sniff..........

    When your rich and famous I wonder if you will have time for us mere blog followers.

    Seriously, congratulations and remember one good thing always leads to another. This is just the beginning. Good luck.

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  22. Well done and a massive congratulatory hug!! Can't wait to read your reviews :)

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  23. congratulations! that is very exciting - your going to be famous ;D

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  24. Congrats! Make sure you remember the little people when you make it big ;) lol! But seriously, so pleased for you!

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  25. That's ace- congrats! I'll be reading when I'm down in Sydney next

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