CANOE Network SLAM!Sports

 
SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  Nov. 15, 2000



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER taping


The Ultimate Warrior


Raw in New Orleans


WrestleMania XXX Main Events


WrestleMania XXX Opening Half


WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet


Make-A-Wish party







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

How Blakwidow snared a publisher
Amanda Storm
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

It's clichéd to say it, but 'Blakwidow' Amanda Storm used her sticky web site to initially snare interest in her burgeoning career. What she didn't expect was to capture the interest of a book publisher as well.

"One of the associate editors [at ECW Press] saw my web site," explained Storm to SLAM! Wrestling. "I used to write match narratives of all of my matches. She liked my writing style and suggested to me that I do a book. It took me about a month to realize she wasn't somebody trying to pull my leg or somebody trying to scam me. Once I figured it out, they gave me an advance and I started working."

Her web site at www.blakwidow.com has served her well over her career, and came in handy when she began to work on her book, entitled 'Blakwidow: My First Year as a Professional Wrestler' (ECW Press, $19.95 Cdn, $17.95 US).

"The web site was almost a working diary for the first year. When I first started, like most people, I wasn't getting on shows every week like I am now. I was getting on two shows a month. So I had the freedom to literally write about every show I was in," explained Storm, who now works one to four shows a week.

"With the web, you can get exposure that used to take ten years to get."

Storm, who is in reality Alexandra Whitney, had a notebook from her first year in wrestling, and relied on her memory to relive the rough first year as a pro wrestler.

She was given a certain amount of text to shoot for, and delievered pretty close to the required amount. The book weighs in at 240 pages.

"I kicked around how much I wanted to talk about my life, and, well, I really didn't want to talk about it that much because it wasn't really that kind of a biography," she said. Instead, Storm keeps the book focused on her first year in wrestling, and doesn't talk too much about her past growing up.

It was important to Storm to try to keep thing positive. "For the most part, I tried to keep it an upbeat, positive book and not really talk too much about the seemy side of professional wrestling, except in a couple of cases."

She is not too worried about how some of her contemporaries reaction to what's written about them in the book. "I think probably for the most part, I was complimentary. I didn't make it a revenge book or anything like that. A couple of times that I said things that probably weren't complimentary, I changed the name of the person."

Now that she's a published author (though when interviewed SLAM! had a copy of the book, and she had yet to see one), Storm plans to keep training with Wladek 'Killer' Kowalski at his wrestling school and hitting the promotional trail. Storm has talk shows, book reviews, Internet promotion and book signings in mind. She recently appeared on TVO, Ontario's public broadcasting station. "I haven't really been on TV that much, except to wrestle, and I was a little nervous, but I tried not to show it."

Review: Blakwidow: My First Year as a Professional Wrestling
Aug. 1999: Storm targets Precious Lucy




Know someone who might be interested in this page? Just type in their e-mail address to send them the URL.

Destination email address:


Your email address: