About Jan

Dr. Jan YagerDr. Jan Yager is a sociologist, freelance writer, 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. Jan majored in fine arts at Hofstra University which presented her with the Art Student of the Year award.

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); Productive Relationships (in 3 languages); Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives; the series 365 Daily Affirmations (with 5 books on happiness, relationships, time management, creative weight management, and friendship); Business Protocol; Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing; 125 Ways to Meet the Love of Your Life; Put More Time on Your Side; as well as children’s books (The Quiet Dog; The Reading Rabbit; The Cantaloupe Cat); and four novels (On the Run; The Pretty One; Untimely Death; and Just Your Everyday People); and journals including Birthday Tracker & Journal; Friendship Thoughts, Famous Quotes, and a Journal; Personal Journal; and more titles. (See the Books & More section of the site for a more comprehensive list of titles as well as available translations.) Jan has appeared on The View, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, NPR and other major shows.

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A professional speaker, Jan delivers keynote addresses, as well as 1-1/2 hour and all-day workshops and seminars, at association meetings, companies, and agencies throughout the U.S. and internationally including in India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Jan coaches by phone, e-mail, and in-person in her areas of expertise including: friendship; time management; work relationships; getting published; and foreign rights.

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.

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.

Jan is a member of the Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Connecticut Press Club, Editorial Freelancers Association, American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Women’s Media Group, the Women’s National Book Association, the Stamford Art Association (SAA), and other professional associations.

A resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA, Dr. Yager is married to corporate communications executive and author Fred Yager. They have two grown sons, Scott and Jeff, and two grandsons.

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