Speed Dating, Not! Attend “Speed Shrinking” Events, Thanks to Author Susan Shapiro

Sue Shapiro For many, speed dating events are a painless way to meet your potential paramour.

Author Susan Shapiro — who credits a psychoanalyst with helping her to quit smoking, drinking, pot, gum and sugar — has devised an innovative spin-off concept to help fans, friends and friends of friends learn about therapy and coaching.

Susan has created "Speed Shrinking" events — think speed dating with shrinks and other self-help gurus.

Speed Shrinking events are being held to coincide with the publication of Susan's debut novel, Speed Shrinking, a humorous account about how self-help guru Julia Goodman develops a cupcake addiction when feeling abandoned by her therapist, best friend and husband. Frantic to slim down and find help before a major national TV appearance, she desperately goes on a shrink shopping spree, seeing 8 in 8 days to find a new analyst. (Amusing scenario, right?)

SpeedShrinking-NewQuote (3) As mentioned on this Sugar Shock Blog earlier this month, Sue's first "Speed Shrinking" event — in which people could chat for 3 minutes about their sugar challenges, writing goals or other issues with eight self-help types — was held
earlier this month at Knickerbocker Bar in New York City. You can also read about the event in Publisher's Weekly and also at the Pomp Lives blog. (I was fortunate enough to be one of the "Speed Shrinkers.")

On Wednesday, Wed., Aug. 26, you can attend another fun, helpful Speed Shrinking Book Party and Free Head Shrinking at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. The event is a benefit for the Housing Works, which helps homelessness and AIDS. Another one is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 16 at Knickerbocker Bar.

The Speed Shrinking events are brilliant book promotional gimmicks, from my  perspective as a fellow author.

Susan points out that in her novel, Speed Shrinking "features a shrinkoholic heroine, who sees eight shrinks in eight days… So in order to recreate her experience for readers, I'm throwing a series of speed shrinking parties filled with my brilliant author guru friends."

Those on hand to do Speed Shrinking on Aug. 26 include:

If you're struggling with a sugar addiction, I recommend that you:

Not surprisingly, Susan's entertaining book, Speed Shrinking — which has been keeping me up late at night — is receiving rave reviews. Here are a few snippets, for instance:

  •  “…bubbly…an original voice and an energy that will resonate with anyone who’s ever stared down a Twinkie.” —-Publisher’s Weekly
  • “Susan Shapiro does for therapy and food what Candace Bushnell did for sex and shoes.” —Guy Nicolucci, writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien
  • “A powerful, soulful, laugh-out-loud delight.” —Ian Frazier, author of Dating Your Mom
  • “A hilarious search for Dr. Right. Susan Shapiro makes neuroticism fun.” —Amy Alkon, of      AdviceGoddess.com
  • “Proust had a cookie. Susan Shapiro has a cupcake – and a really hilarious book.” —Patricia Marx, author of Him, Her, Him, Again the End of Him

New Yorkers, hope to see you at Susan Shapiro's Speed Shrinking event on Aug. 26,

Remember, you can get entertained, educated and inspired by listening live on Sept. 22 at 3 pm EST or later, when Sue appears on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show.

By the way, check out a photo here from the most recent Speed Shrinking event.

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Connie Bennett is the bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House), one or both of which have been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie is now completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go™ and the companion Crush Your Cravings System, both of which will help people easily, quickly let their cravings go. Her interest in the subject was triggered in late 2012, when she walloped by Crazy Carb Cravings after helplessly standing by her abusive, dying mother .

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