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In addition to my published books, listed below, you will find a list of my completed full length plays as well as my completed spec screenplays at the end of the list. These properties are available for optioning/buying/producing.
Foreign editions: India (Jaico), Russian translation (in preparation)
Covers the causes of the unfinished epidemic, and its consequences, as well as 23 reasons plus cures including the F-I-N-I-S-H approach, becoming a better delegator, learning to say “no,” and even how to apply the techniques in this book to finishing up that book that you’ve been working on for months or even years! Even includes with a thoughtful chapter entitled, “The Exception That Proves the Rule: When Failing to Finish Is a Good Thing.” If you want to get more of your work or personal priorities, and even your dreams, completed, check out this focused book.
Click here for the audiobook version of HOW TO FINISH EVERYTHING YOU START, read by Gale Cruz.
“How to Finish Everything You Start is a well-written, original, and inspiring book. It will do for finishing what Marie Kondo has done for getting organized.”—Jane Ubell-Meyer, Founder and CEO, Bedsidereading.com
Foreign sales: Korean. In preparation: Chinese, Bulgarian, Hindi.
“While it might be tempting to see this book as a follow-up to Dr. Jan Yager’s other great works, I think it’s safe to say that this book is very unique in its approach. One fact that became quite apparent to me is how introspective and practical this book is. Seeing time not just as currency, but as a singular coin, makes its scarcity all the more real, and how it’s spent all the more pressing. Yager emphasizes that if you can make your goal as clear as day, you are more likely to accomplish it, plus many other ancillary goals. For all the time invested in reading and integrating what’s learned in Put More Time on Your Side into real life, you’ll gain back a great deal of time, with interest!”
—Cody McLain, CEO, SupportNinja
This step-by-step manual by a sociologist and time management guru, who is the author of seven time management books, will enable you, your human resource staff, or even an outside trainer to offer an all-day, half-day, or once-a-week hourly training in the all-important time management issues that can make or break a company or agency’s efficiency.
In preparation: Chinese, Bulgarian, and Hindi translations.
CREATIVE TIME MANAGEMENT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Excerpt: “Do You Need Help Delegating More Effectively?” Take This Self-Quiz and Find Out
Excerpt: “Could Your Time Management Skills Use Improvement?” Take This Self-Quiz and Find Out
CREATIVE TIME MANAGEMENT (Prentice Hall)
Foreign translations: Chinese, Vietnamese
Includes an introduction, 365 affirmations, activities for improving your time management at work and in your personal life, the three time management lessons the author’s father taught her, as well as a bibliography.
“Yager’s affirmations are as practical as they can be, and quietly powerful as well.”—Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life.
I am in control of how I manage my time.
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Today I am figuring out what I need to do to succeed, and I am focusing my energies on those actions.
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I make each minute count.
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I have enough time.
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The world may be unpredictable but I can control the way that I react to whatever happens.
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The application of time management to the search
Also listed under “Relationships”
First edition was translated and published in 10 languages including Spanish, Romanian, Thai, Portuguese, Italian, and Vietnamese.
125 WAYS TO MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (Audiobook) (Second edition)
Audiobook read by Karen Cummins and Drew Cummins
The core of the audiobook is 125 annotated ways to meet the love of your life, organized into nine categories, such as introductions by friends and family, dating services, trips, at work, cybermatching, online dating, singles clubs, parties, and lots more. Inspiring examples of successful matches based on original research throughout the book; Dr. Yager and her husband Fred even share their own “how we met” story about their 23 day courtship, and that was more than three happy decades ago!
The application of time management to losing weight and keeping it off
Also listed under “Physical and Mental Health/Lifestyle/Food/Getting Help”
This is NOT a diet book; it is a motivational book to get readers to prioritize their weight challenge and to have them consider the time wasters that sabotage being more productive and how those same traits can derail a diet or weight maintenance program, and what to do about each and every one.
PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS: 57 STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS CONNECTIONS
Excerpt: “Strategy 31: Deal With the “Back Off” Before It Turns Antagonistic”
Foreign editions: Czech; Portuguese; Vietnamese
WORKSHIP, FRIENDSHIP, OR FOE?
Foreign editions: Dutch; simplified Chinese
Foreign editions: Spanish; simplified Chinese; Russian; Vietnamese
How to Survive & Succeed in Business
Originally published by Wiley, this is the award-winning how to book on using business etiquette as a strategy for success by international speaker Jan Yager who is also a sociologist and workplace consultant. Here she explains her six business protocol principles and also covers image, gift-giving, ethics, international etiquette and communication skills. The audiobook, with a new introduction, is narrated by Sandy Orkin. Also available in print and e-book formats.
CONDUCTING BUSINESS INTERNATIONALLY AND OTHER BUSINESS, PERSONAL FINANCE, AND CAREER TOPICS
In print and e-book versions. Audiobook narrated by Lee Strayer.
A practical guide to more effectively doing business globally whether you work for a corporation or are a self-employed entrepreneur or consultant, and whether you do your global outreach by traveling to distant places, over the phone, or just over the Internet.
What they’re saying about Grow Global:
“Making a deal happen through business protocol is more important than ever. This very helpful book is a guide for all willing to go global.”—Kanak kr Jain, CEO, Suskan Consultants Private Ltd, Kolkata, India
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS AND NONFICTION WRITING, 2ND EDITION
Available in e-book, print, and audiobook versions (narrated by Lee Strayer)
Foreign editions: Chinese (in preparation)
A practical guide to public speaking for those just starting out as well as seasoned pros. A useful audiobook covering everything from speech preparation and delivery, protocol for speakers, speaking concerns for authors, how to prepare and excel if you’re asked to speak on TV, and lots more. In this audiobook, you will learn: How to research, prepare for, and give the most popular types of speeches, from the keynote address to a 90 minute workshop, all-day seminar, participating in a panel, the toast, roast, and more; 12 secrets of what the most successful speakers do to shine; the mechanics of speaking, including using a microphone, visual aids such as Power Point, and setting up the room; how to deal with 12 of the most dreaded speaker situations, such as getting booed or, forgetting what you meant to say next; how to overcome your fear of speaking; and more.
THE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL SECURITY (with Fred Yager) Penguin Random House/Alpha Books, 2015
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY (with Fred Yager) (Facts on File, 2nd ed, 2007)
An expanded version of the HarperCollins India hit title in their 21 series, 21 Ways to Beat a Financial Crisis (2013). This new version is a concise guide to taking control of your money, getting out of debt, and giving yourself and your loved ones the financial security and freedom that you may only now dream about.
WRITING AND GETTING PUBLISHED
Square One Publishers (June 2019)
WRITING AND GETTING PUBLISHED
Whether you are a new aspiring author, or a seasoned one published by commercial houses looking for a different way to publish your next book, How to Self-Publish Your Book will help you on this journey. Divided into three parts, in Part 1 you will learn how to write your book, in Part 2, you will have chapters covering publishing it in e-book, print, and even audiobook formats, and in Part 3, there is essential information on marketing and promoting your book including selling its foreign rights. Here is the publisher’s detailed sell sheet.
Available in e-book and audiobook. Print will be available soon.
This is a comprehensive self-help book to selling, or buying, foreign rights. Authors will of course find it useful but so will literary agents or editors since it is never too early to start thinking about how to make a book more saleable internationally. This book is based on my foreign rights expertise, dating back to my job as head of foreign rights for Grove Press – legendary publisher Barney Rosset personally taught me the Grove Press system for doing foreign rights which I’ve relied on, with some modification of course, over the years – as well as selling my own foreign rights and the international rights for other authors including for my own small press, Hanancroix Creek Books, Inc. I’ve sold one or multiple titles into 34 languages. In Foreign Rights and Wrongs, there is even a chapter on how to work more effectively with the foreign rights department at your publishing company, or literary agency, to help you to sell more rights as well as chapters on participating in co-op exhibits or selling directly. Here is the Table of Contents for the book, which is also available as an audiobook, narrated by James Hazen.
Available in print, e-book, and audiobook versions.
Foreign editions: Chinese (in preparation), Russian, and Vietnamese
Includes chapters on Content, Style, Writing for Work, School, or Personal Reasons, Tools of the Trade, Writer’s Block, and Getting Your Writing Published. Jan has taught advanced nonfiction and magazine writing at Penn State. She also teaches subject matter college courses that are also writing intensive classes. Since her first national magazine article was published by McCall’s and her first nonfiction book was published by Scribner’s at the age of 26, Jan has been a professional writer.
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32 foreign sales including 29 translations with 1 more in preparation including Italian, French, Dutch, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Greek; English reprint editions including India, Australia, and New Zealand. Click here to see a flyer with a sample of foreign editions.
Brilliance Audio edition published 4/2012
“This valuable book will be a rescuer to all readers struggling to deal with an ailing friendship.”—Publishers Weekly
“Recommended for all public libraries.” —Library Journal
As featured in the New York Times article.
FRIENDSHIFTS: THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP AND HOW IT SHAPES OUR LIVES FRIENDSHIP
Excerpt: “What’s Your Friendship Quality Quotient (FQQ)?”
As featured on the TODAY SHOW, OPRAH, THE VIEW, and MSNBC, this is a comprehensive look at friendship throughout the life cycle. It is an outgrowth of the author’s sociology dissertation on friendship, as well as additional extensive original interviews and surveys.
“Yager ably demonstrates how friends can improve the quality of our lives, enhance our self-esteem, provide encouragement, and compensate for family defects.” (Library Journal)
Available in e-book, print, and audiobook version, narrated by Lindsay Arber
Positive statements related to key relationships including parent-child, sibling, extended family, friend, romantic partner, neighbors, co-workers, or service providers. Includes an introduction as well as activities on how to improve your relationships at work and in your personal life.
“I will be using this book…every day…to keep positive and grounded. Powerful stuff!”
—Linda Swindling, JD, CSP, speaker, coach, and author, Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers
Foreign translations: Malayalam
365 DAILY AFFIRMATIONS FOR FRIENDSHIP
Introduction, 365 affirmations plus exercises to enhance friendship at work and in your personal life.
125 WAYS TO MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (2ND EDITION) (1st edition in 10 languages)
SINGLE IN AMERICA (Atheneum, audiobook available)
“The author takes a searching, compassionate look at victims of crime and provides much-needed insight into the complex, often devastating aftermath for victims, their families and their friends.”—Tampa Tribune
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH/LIFESTYLE/FOOD/GETTING HELP
Copyright year: 2020
To be published in Summer 2019
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing
Thirty chapters covering where to get help from Addiction to Volunteerism. A follow-up to Jan’s popular and well-received 1979 title, The Help Book, published by Scribner and featured in the New York Times and by the Associated Press.
1. Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs, and Gambling
2. Adoption and Foster Care
4. Animal Rights and Care
6. Business/Entrepreneurs and Employment
7. Children and Teens
8. Consumer Affairs and Safety
9. Counseling, Depression, and Mental Health
10. Courts and Dispute Resolution
11. Crime, Victims, Witnesses, and Crime Prevention
12. Criminal Justice Law Enforcement, Corrections (Prisons), and Alternatives to Prison
13. Disabilities: Developmental, Intellectual, and Physical
14. Dying, Death, and Dealing with Grief
16. Emergencies, Disasters, and Preparedness
17. Financial Assistance
18. Food, Hunger, Nutrition, and Eating Disorders
19. Health and Wellness
20. Housing and Homelessness
21. Legal Services
23. Offenders, Inmates, and Formerly Incarcerated
24. Parenting, Step parenting, Grandparenting, and Family
25. Pregnancy and Childbearing
26. Relationships: Dating, Singleness, Marriage, Friendship, and Work
27. Suicide: Prevention and Related Issues
28. Transportation, Travel, and Recreation
How I Went About Researching the Book
About the Author
Survey link and/or suggestion for entry
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH DISORDERS, 3RD EDITION (Facts on File, Inc.)
SLEEPING WELL (Checkmark Books)
THE FAST TRACK GUIDE TO LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING IT OFF
Available in e-book, print, and audiobook (narrated by Gale Cruz) versions.
This is a collection of the author’s original inspirational affirmations including two dozen famous maxims on happiness. This useful little book begins with an introduction about happiness, highlighting the work of Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, and other related works of sociologists, psychologists, and even economists on happiness.
“If you want to be happy, then it is within your grasp. The book you are holding can have a profound impact on your thinking and your attitude and can help you to do more, be more, and achieve more!” (Willie Jolley, author of It Only Takes a Minute to Change Your Life!)
365 DAILY AFFIRMATIONS FOR CREATIVE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. 2004
At right: Indian edition, Emerald Publishing, 2019
Here are 258 nuggets of wisdom by internationally-acclaimed sociologist, author, and college professor Dr. Jan Yager. This book was inspired by her older son’s imminent departure for college. What should she share with him based on her lifetime of experience and learning? Featured in the Dallas Morning News.
Sample road signs:
15. Be loyal to your friends but first and foremost be loyal to yourself.
18. Sometimes you must slow down to go faster.
24. Those who study all along and study before a test do better, and remember more, than those who only cram or avoid additional review.
35. Learning is an ongoing process that does not start or stop with school.
47. Get in the habit of doing more than anyone asks of you.
175. Cultivate sharp listening and thinking skills. That is how you will learn the most.
MEATLESS COOKING: CELEBRITY STYLE
THE VEGETABLE PASSION: A HISTORY OF THE VEGETARIAN STATE OF MIND
Audiobook version narrated by Ralph Scott and Dori O’Dea is available here.
THE PRETTY ONE
*****A fine and uplifting read, with many perspectives, highly recommended
By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2010
What causes someone to lose it all? “The Pretty One” tells the tale of a seemingly happy and healthy psychologist in Emily Taylor, who seems to lose it and bloat to 200 pounds. Telling a story of how weight loss isn’t just about health and exercise but facing what caused the weight loss in the first place, “The Pretty One” is a fine and uplifting read, with many perspectives, highly recommended.
UNTIMELY DEATH (co-authored with Fred Yager)
Foreign editions: Swedish; Vietnamese
Untimely Death has the plot and pace of a TV Sunday Movie of the Week. The story line is movie length, but some of the situations are stock from episodic TV, like the off-camera killer. The book is the joint effort of Fred and Jan Yager. He is a TV executive and she may very well be the basis of the book’s attractive criminologist character. Even if the book may be Fred’s unconscious panegyric to his better half, Untimely Death reads like the work of a master of the detective thriller. There is none of the schlock and gadgetry that seems to bug most of today’s mainstream thrillers. What we have here is a crisp, efficient thriller before the likes of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy redefined the genre. The lifts and dips in this roller-coaster ride are familiar by now, but you always anticipate the jolt from an adrenaline rush. — From Independent Publisher
Foreign editions: Vietnamese
CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED BOOKS (illustrated by Mitzi Lyman)
This is a 3 book anti-stereotyping series celebrating the uniqueness in all creatures. For ages 1-5.
THE CANTALOUPE CAT THE QUIET DOG THE READING RABBIT
THE HEALING POWER OF CREATIVE MOURNING: POEMS (with Fred Yager, Seth Alan Barkas, Priscilla Orr, and Scott Yager)
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COMPLETED FULL-LENGTH PLAYS
This three act play takes place over a ten year period. It explores what happens to their friendship when a friend “crosses the line” and commits the ultimate betrayal.
“BUT I’M NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE”
Dealing with the impending death of her father is the theme of this play.
“THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY”
A rebellious teenager and college student falls in with an older man and his crowd as she tries to break free of his controlling behavior before she finds herself victim to permanent emotional damage.
COMPLETED SPEC SCREENPLAYS (co-authored with Fred Yager)
“ON THE RUN” (coming of age)
A teenage girl, forced to steal by her single mother, meets up with a high school senior, who has taken off in his divorced mother’s Mercedes to escape from her excessive dependency on her son. This improbable pair fall in love as they embark on a road trip filled with adventure and danger.
“NO TIME FOR LOVE” (romantic comedy)
A late 30s productivity consultant’s search for Mr. Right before her biological clock runs out as the writer she meets and falls for fights resisting falling in love since he’s still recovering from a broken heart.
“UNTIMELY DEATH” (based on the novel) (thriller)
Kimberly Stone is a criminology professor who is forced to become an amateur sleuth when her best friend and colleague, Joan Walsh, is killed and it looks like Dr. Stone may be the next victim.
Set in Manhattan’s Greenwich village, Dr. Stone teaches at an college in nearby New Jersey.
“JUST YOUR ORDINARY PEOPLE” (based on the novel) (thriller)
Two couples get together every Friday night at a local bar to unwind from their work week. This particular Friday night, Liz comes on to a Stranger, going into the back with him to rob him since she and her husband have fallen on hard times. After that, things get very complicated as her best friend Joan’s friendship is put to the test.