Season 2 | Episode 1 • Dr. Jan Yager
Host & Guest
Guest, Dr. Jan Yager
Host, Kathleen Kaiser
Producer, Adanna Moriarty
About This Episode
Want to sell your foreign rights? Dr. Jan Yager, a former traditional publishing executive, has been selling foreign rights for her books, her publishing company, and authors. Learn the simple steps to present your book and expand your revenue stream.
About Dr. Jan Yager
Dr. Jan Yager is a sociologist, author, coach, speaker, artist, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She also teaches at Baruch College and William Paterson University.
Jan has a Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate Center and an M.A. in criminal justice from Goddard College. She did a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College, took courses in nonfiction writing at the New School, and editing and publishing in the NYU Publishing program.
Her 50+ award-winning books, translated into 34 languages, include the international hit relationship title, When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal With Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You, published by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, and translated into 29 languages, as well as the business books Work Less, Do More: The 7-Day Productivity Makeover (in 10 languages); as well as children’s books. Jan has appeared on The View, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, NPR and other major shows.
Jan worked in publishing, first at Macmillan Publishing Company, in the school division, followed by Grove Press, Inc., where for a year she was head of foreign rights, as well as doing acquisitions, publicity, and sales. In 1996, Jan founded Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc., a small press that publishes nonfiction adult titles, adult fiction, young adult and middle school fiction, illustrated children’s books, dramatic literature, poetry, and journals.
Beginning at the age of 26 with the release of her first nonfiction book, The Vegetable Passion: A History of the Vegetarian State of Mind, published in the U.S. by Scribner’s and in London by Routledge, Jan went on author tours throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. The Vegetable Passion has been translated into Dutch and Vietnamese. Jan’s own small press, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc., brought out an e-book addition, with a new introduction, in 2015.
For each writer on the publishing path, the journey is different. Today our guest is best-selling and award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen. She writes YA fiction across genres in hopes that youth can find courage, relatability, and light in her stories.
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On today’s episode, Kathleen talks with Brenda Vaca, a poet, and creator of the indie publishing house Riot of Roses. When Brenda created her book (Riot of Roses), she turned to crowdsourcing, successfully funding the entire project using a Kickstarter campaign. Come along on this conversation, get to know Brenda and what she learned through the process, so you don’t have to.
In today’s episode, our guest Kimberly Davis Basso talks about self-publishing. She has won multiple awards for her books, two memoirs (I’m a Little Brain Dead and Birth and Other Stories), plus a new book of horror short stories (Next Door). Kimberley is a wealth of information and shares it freely with our listeners.