Thursday, November 17, 2011

Four years later, an essay

If you've read Book a Week with Jen - the ebook or the blog - you know I kept referencing an essay I was writing about the person who dumped me, an event that was one of the things that lead to me starting the 52 books in 52 weeks project.

Four years later, here it is.

It's been completely rewritten, revised and rewritten again since I first wrote it, and I obviously updated it, but it's finally seeing the light of day. I wrote then that, if it were ever published, that "the sh*t would hit the fan." I don't think it will now. That great big thing called "time" and "perspective" have changed things, and gave me the space from the actual event to write an essay I felt like I could share.

It's not pretty, and part of me is still very embarrassed that I let myself get into that situation. But if this essay helps one other person, then it's worth it.

Digg this

Reading 2011


This came in the mail yesterday. Well, these. I'm starting to review books for a new website, and I called in a specific kind of book from publicists on my book PR list. I thought I'd get a few. Didn't think I'd require a crate.

I spent some time with Book a Week with Jen when I was turning it from a blog series into a book. One thing I realized is how little I write about books anymore compared to 2007-2008. A few reasons for this. First, my writing was deflected into travel writing when The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May was published - more than I could have imagined. It's now in its second edition, so I've spent a large chunk of my writing time on the shore in the last four years. I mean a really large chunk.

Second, there just aren't many book review outlets anymore. When Frank Wilson retired as the books editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, I lost my reviewing gig there (yes I tried, but that editor who took over his role has never gotten back to me). I did a few book related things here and there for women's magazines, but they're wretched to work for, and I don't agree with their overall 'message.' Every month, without FAIL, they will tell you that you're too fat, you're not please your man, and you'll die young, most likely of breast cancer.

I sometimes review for American Way magazine, but they're typically short. The biggest book-related piece I've done in years was for Runner's World.

I'm still reading, of course, but with no pattern or intention. It's a little weird.

I'm going to try blogging here more again. I don't think I'll do another Book a Week series, but who knows? Maybe.

Also! I'm a guest on Allison Winn Scotch's blog today, talking about ebooks.

'Book a Week with Jen: 1 Year, 52 Books, and a Year of Starting a New Chapter' is now an ebook! Buy it here.

Digg this

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book a Week with Jen - now on sale!


"In 2007, freelance journalist Jen A. Miller got dumped, lost her grandfather, wrote a book and bought a house - all in a four month span. She couldn't run, she couldn't write, and spent most of her time lying on her office floor.

To break herself out of her depression, she decided to read 52 books in 52 weeks, and write about them all.

In Book a Week with Jen, Jen recovers from the worst year of her life by reading - everything from dating books written for men to foodie lit to running books to romance novels (and even an instruction guide to threesomes). Funny, inspiring, and full of essays about good books, Book a Week with Jen is how one writer used the power of reading to pull herself through to a brighter side."

It's finally here! The Book a Week with Jen eBook! Thanks to everyone who supported this project, both when I first started writing it in 2007 and those talented pros who helped the actual eBook happen.

I hope you enjoy it - and for only $2.99, it's a cheap and easy reading experience :-)

Buy it for your Amazon Kindle
Buy it as a PDF.
Buy it for your Nook
Buy it in any other eReader format, including those for iBook and Sony Reader.

Digg this

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book a Week with Jen: The ebook!


This blog isn't dead yet! In fact, it's now an ebook!

Well, partly. I don't want to say too much since the book's not actually on sale yet, but if you read this blog from the beginning, you'll be very familiar with what the book is about. More details soon!

Digg this