Organizing the World: The Faces of Shoeboxed part VI
With Shoeboxed there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after scanning millions of receipts and business cards since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience!
Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives.
With that in mind, Shoeboxed is both pleased and honored to launch a series that spotlights our wonderful users, their success stories, and countless ways satisfied Shoeboxed customers worldwide are utilizing our service to stay organized.
A Writer with No Paper Clutter: Eleanor Brown and The Weird Sisters
“For less than the price of a receipt scanner and software, I could get a service that would do all the hard work for me, and manage the other papers to boot.”
Introducing: Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and national bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor has lived in St. Paul, San Francisco, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Oxford, London, and Brighton, England. As a current resident of Colorado, she continues to read, write, and relish in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
SBX: Tell us about your book! We hear it was chosen as a Best Book of the Month by Barnes & Noble and Amazon and selected as an Indie Next pick.
The Weird Sisters is the belated coming-of-age story of three adult daughters of a renowned Shakespeare professor who return home to the small college town where they were raised, partly because their mother is ill, but mostly because their lives are falling apart and they don’t know where to go next. It’s a novel rich with themes ranging from the effects of birth order to navigating the complicated waters of adulthood and the power of reading and literature. The best part about writing The Weird Sisters was doing the research on birth order. I’m fascinated by the way where we are born in our families influences the people we become.
SBX: When did you decide to become a writer? Was it something you always aspired to?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, and I always knew, despite many people’s cautions that I should do something more reliable with my time, that I’d end up as a writer of some sort.
But mostly writing is just an excuse to daydream and read, my two very favorite activities.
- I’m terrible at coming up with random facts about myself.
- My first job out of college was as a wedding coordinator, which means I am really, really good at the Electric Slide.
- The Rocky Mountains amaze me every time I see them.
SBX: What inspired you to write The Weird Sisters?
I got serious about writing a novel the year I turned 30. I said to myself, “Self, this is the year you either do it or give up the dream forever.” So, I wrote some really terrible novels in all kinds of genres that helped teach me a great deal about the craft, and finally I thought of a story I’d played around with years before, and that became The Weird Sisters.
SBX: And now it’s been chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title and has been published internationally! How’s your life been different since your book was released?
When The Weird Sisters was published in January, it really was a lifelong dream come true. When, a few weeks later, it became a bestseller, I was both thrilled and shocked. Suddenly I was traveling the country, visiting bookstores, literary festivals, and book clubs, and meeting readers, booksellers, librarians, and other authors, and talking to all of them about the things that matter most to me – reading and writing.
There was only one problem – all that success came with a whole lot of paperwork. In addition to the receipts I was collecting on the road (my preferred mode of receipt storage was a very glamorous Ziploc bag) and at home, I had piles of business cards and documents and I was feeling overwhelmed.
I investigated scanners, but they were expensive, and demanded the one thing I didn’t have: time. When I wasn’t traveling or promoting or writing, I wanted to relax, not scan and categorize my receipts. J.C. and I moved to Colorado last year, and there’s so much we want to see and do here!
SBX: We know there are a variety of services you could have chosen (including a trusty Ziploc bag) that you might have chosen to use, some of which even cater especially to those on the go. What made you chose Shoeboxed?
For less than the price of a receipt scanner and software, I could get a service that would do all the hard work for me, and manage the other papers to boot. When I saw that with an annual plan I could get 500 kick-off scans to help me manage the backlog of papers I had accumulated, I was sold.
Usually when I’m working with software, I find myself wishing it had some additional features, or worked differently in some way. I have never had that thought with Shoeboxed. Everything about the process is easy, and they have thought of everything. Sure, mailing in receipts is great, but having the Shoeboxed app on my phone to send pictures of receipts so it doesn’t matter if they get crumpled in my Ziploc bag is even better. And when I found out that sending in my email receipts was as easy as clicking Forward? Honestly, I nearly cried in relief.
SBX: That’s the feedback we love to hear! And we’re thrilled that you’ve chosen our service to help you stay organized!
What I love most about Shoeboxed (besides the fact that they have a Chief Carrot Officer and post Snapple bottle cap facts on Twitter) is that it takes one of the most stressful parts of my career and makes it one of the easiest. Shoeboxed lets me focus on what makes me happiest: writing.
SBX: Thank you, Eleanor! We anxiously await for your book tour to reach Durham and can’t wait to read your next novel!
Are you a Shoeboxed user who has a success story and would like to be featured on our blog? Then we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to Carolyn at email@example.com for more information.
Until then, stay tuned… and stay organized!