Stephanie Stiles
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Another Book Event...
Kinnelon Public Library
132 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, New Jersey
October 23, 2011
3:00 p.m.  (I better) see you there!
I don't mind being heckled; I just mind being alone....
So, this is, like, one step away from the Oscars, right?  Does Rachel Zoe style dorky authors who think doing a book reading makes them famous?  Because, really, who wouldn't want to take a crack at that?  And surely this is but the first step toward an array of award shows I'll be attending, so Rachel will probably want to mark her territory now.  Of course, I have no idea what award shows would include authors, but once I'm invited, I will promptly Google them and pretend to have known about them all along (and probably, as an English professor, should have known about them all along).
Ahem, I'm waiting... any suggestions for my attire?!?!
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"Pregnancy: A Little 'Unadvice'"
More with the unadvice.  Maybe I should go back to school for some training that would qualify me to provide actual advice at some point.
Here's a brief excerpt:
"Pregancy: A Little 'Unadvice'"
Pregnancy teaches you a whole lot, doesn’t it? About a whole lot of stuff; right? More, in fact, than you ever thought you’d need to know about, say, hemorrhoids. Or varicose veins. I learned so much during my two pregnancies that I gained forty-five pounds of pure knowledge. And one of the biggest lessons I learned was how much people like to share with pregnant women: maternity clothes, baby gifts, hand-me-down furniture…and advice. Oh, the advice.
Nothing, in my experience, brought out people’s generosity quite like the desire to bestow upon me and my poor unsuspecting fetus their opinions and words of – ahem – wisdom. And what follows here is a sampling of the often solicitous, always unsolicited advice I received when I was knocked up, down, and sideways by pregnancy....
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"A Little Mother-Daughter 'Unadvice'"
Yup.  Another unadvice column.  Hope you're not sick of these, yet.
Here's a brief excerpt:
"A Little Mother-Daughter 'Unadvice'"
...What follows here is a selection of the choicest suggestions that people have offered me throughout my years as daughter and mother; I like to consider it “unadvice” of sorts, and invite you to determine its merit.  For example:
  • Don’t be critical of each other’s choices! I once dated a guy who wore black plastic parachute pants. That’s not the sad part. I borrowed them. That is. You know what? I could have used a little criticism. And not just about the pants, either. Because, really, what kind of guy wears black plastic parachutes and then doesn’t mention to you that you look like a Hefty bag in Mia flats when you borrow them? The kind of guy I’d criticize my daughter for dating, that’s who....
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"Unsolicited Parenting Advice: A Little 'Unadvice,' If You Will"
Check out this Huffington Post column on all the uninvited words of "wisdom" bestowed on us ungrateful parents out there.  Consider it an "Unadvice" column!
"Unsolicited Parenting Advice: A Little 'Unadvice,' If You Will"
Excerpted from The Huffington Post
Can we all agree that parenting is already hard enough on its own without the unsavory addition of the unsolicited advice it seems to attract? What is with people feeling so free to share their opinions as to how we're performing our jobs as moms and dads? The way I see it, these so-called "words of wisdom" are -- like a bad mood or a bad recipe -- better left unshared. To wit: what follows are some of the choicest pieces of advice I've accumulated during the eight years I've been a parent....
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"Getting Started: A Little Unadvice" 
Seriously, aren't we all sick of getting advice?  I know I am.  This post was written as an unadvice column. 
Getting Started: A Little Unadvice
by Stephanie Stiles, the New York-based author of Take It Like a Mom, out in July
Let’s face it: getting advice sucks. I would rather listen to a sentence starting with “We need to talk” or “Honey, while you’re up…” than have to sit through what follows a “Hey, you know what you could use?” or a “Just follow these easy steps”. Seriously, have you ever actually taken the advice you’ve been given – even if you asked for it yourself? Did you start that fitness program? Implement the seven ways to make your man feel special? Prepare the snappy, wholesome dinners that Your Kids Will Love? Um. I didn’t. Am I alone here?...
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"Finding an Agent: A Little Unadvice"
Another unadvice column -- this time on signing with a literary agent.
Finding an Agent: A Little Unadvice
by Stephanie Stiles, the New York-based author of Take It Like a Mom, out in July
Here’s my guess: no matter what kind of writing you do – novels or non-fiction, poetry or porn – you’ve had people telling you how to do it.  The.  Whole.  Time.  I’m not sure exactly what it is about writing that compels people to offer their insights so freely, but I’m guessing it’s this simple fact: people love to share their opinions.  On everything.  Even if they’ve never written so much as a shopping list, people can’t wait to instruct you on your way to the bestseller list, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Oscar that George Clooney will win for directing the movie version of your life....
How to Write a Successful Query Letter:
So, after, like, years of looking for an agent, I finally found The One.  And like my search for Mr. Right, I was dumped many times before living happily ever after.  Here's how I finally scored my fairy tale ending!
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Okay, so, here's the book jacket description:
One thing sets her apart from other modern-day superheroes: mom genes.

Annie Fingardt Forster used to be a lawyer who wore dry-clean only and shaved both legs. But things have changed. Now a stay-at-home mom, she wears cargo pants and ponytails and harbors a nearly pathological hatred towards hipster parents.

With a three-year-old and a baby on the way, Annie knows what to least, she thought she did. Faced with her husband's job loss, pre-school politics, and a playground throwdown with her arch nemesis, Annie realizes that even with her husband and friends by her side, what she really needs is to learn to suck it up-and take it like a mom.
And here's my description:
This debut novel, by one of America's finest new voices in literary fiction, provides, in turn, profound....zzzzzzzz
Yuh.  Right.  It's a humorous (god, I hope it's humorous) look at contemporary motherhood and the choices we make along the way to learning how to ... get ready for it... take it like a mom.  Get it?  Take it like a mom?  Clever, huh?
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Okay, here's the book jacket description:
From "Huh?" to "Hooray": Righting Your Creative Writing
Part textbook and part handbook, From 'Huh?' to 'Hooray!': Righting Your Creative Writing leads creative writers of all levels and all genres through the entire writing process. This accessible guide offers helpful suggestions to prompt and encourage even the most blocked writers to explore and develop their written word. Whether readers are working independently, with a class, or in a writers' group, the easy exercises contained within are created to inspire each to achieve his or her fullest potential. Structured around the basic elements of all good creative writing, From 'Huh?' to 'Hooray!' takes its readers through the process of creation and composition in brief and comprehensible sections. Each chapter offers an overview and several specific examples of its topic, followed by a set of clear exercises designed for writers of all varieties, from the novice to the pro, from the poet to the novelist. This text will certainly take a writer's work from huh? to hooray!
And here's my description:
There is no other creative writing manual that more effectively expresses and teaches the art of creative writing than this.  Once George Clooney catches wind of this significant contribution to the canon of creative writing texts, he will surely hunt down its author (, and ask to direct her life story -- and to marry her. 
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