Book off to press!!! Blogger speechless.

Life After College Book Cover

Somebody pinch me. The final book cover.



Holy shit. (Yes, I just swore on my blog. No, I don’t do it often. Yes, it’s because I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor.)

In three years of blogging, I have never posted two days in a row. But yesterday’s post is 100% trumped by the fact that Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want went to press yesterday!!! And yes – that is the Amazon link to my book!!!

This is crazy.

It has felt exciting, scary and incredibly vulnerable to have an idea that is 100% my own and defend and build that vision from start to finish, page to page, and from corner to every corner of the cover.

Am I using the right words? Am I sharing enough? Is my vision actually what is best for my readers? Will anyone like it? Am I fighting for the right things to keep or change? With every micro-decision there was a point where I just had to take a shot in the dark, listen to my gut, trust myself and decide. And stand behind it.

Now it just feels surreal.

I cannot believe that the project I have developed…toiled over…loved, danced and fought with…worked and reworked into oblivion over countless nights and weekends – is DONE. The book is done.

My focus for the last two years (at least the content creation and editing part of it) is done. My tiny, shy little seedling of an idea is all grown up, and justlikethat I’ve closed an open loop in my brain that tells me to get back to work to make this thing the best I possibly can. Above all else it feels like my life dream – my purpose – my desire to inspire as many 20-somethings as I possibly can with practical exercises, tips and quotes – is happening.

cupcake thanks

Cupcake cheers all around!

NONE OF THIS would be happening without you. None of it. I don’t even have enough words to thank you properly. If you weren’t here reading, supporting Life After College, giving me feedback, showing your support on Ryan’s list of Top 10 Gen Y blogs, commenting, sticking around, and celebrating with me on Twitter and Facebook, there would be no book. Period.

I hope you know how important are.

To be honest, it doesn’t even feel like my book. It feels like our book. I’m so excited I could cry. In a good way this time.


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Stacyann Forrester November 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Congrats Jenny! Pretty cool cover.


Jen November 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Congratulations Jenny! I can’t even imagine the big sigh of relief and sense of accomplishment you must be feeling right now.

The book cover looks amazing. It is so eye-catching — it would definitely jump out at me from a store shelf. Good luck with it; I’m sure it’s going to be a huge success.


Kate November 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Super super incredibly excited and happy for you, lady!!! I want an autographed copy whenever you’re doing your book signing!!!




Jamie November 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Ahhhh! THIS IS THE BEST EVER! Congratulations. I looooove the book cover. Way better than any of the versions I ever created!

So proud of you!


nova November 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm



Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations I love the cover! This is just so stellar! I’m so excited for you!


Christa Marzan November 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Congrats! That’s amazing news :)


Shane Mac November 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

:) Congrats!!!!!


Kate November 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm

congrats… can’t wait to download it. You planning on making an audio book so we can drive and listen?


Ivamessy November 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Congratulations Jenny! We are all so proud of you!!


Clare Bear November 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Congrats, Jenny! You more than deserve this success.


Chelsea Talks Smack November 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm



Sunny November 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Congratulations! I hope you are doing the happy dance everywhere you go.


Matt Cheuvront November 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

So happy for you, Jenny. Cheers!


Grace Boyle November 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm



Brian November 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

That is pretty rad. See you on The Daily Show.

Really, really wonderful.


patrissimo November 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Yay, congrats! I’m jealous, but hope to be in the same place in a year.


Sarah Kathleen Peck November 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Jenny! Congratulations – you must be so excited. Breathe in happiness, and enjoy it – don’t get started too soon on the next project yet. Take at least a day to celebrate and relax if you can.


Dain Lewis November 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Congrats! :)


Julie Cowitz November 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Jenny I’m so happy for you!!! I’d listen to your post-college advice, shit look at how accomplished you are! You go girl:)


Brett Kunsch November 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

It’s confirmed – you’re a **RoCkStAr**


ryanstephens November 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m just psyched this thing is finally headed to press because I’m ready to get started on the sequel, “Life After Becoming Friends with Ryan: In the trenches of awesomeness,” co-authored by THE Ryan Stephens.


Dweisburd November 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Congrats Jenny


Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Way awesome!!! Go Jenny!!! The cover is my favorite color so that can only mean great things for what’s inside. Can’t wait to read it!


Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm

The Amazon link doesn’t have a book cover though.


Positively Present November 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm

SO exciting! I love the book cover and I can’t wait to see it when it finally arrives in the bookstores. If there’s anything I can do to help promote it via Positively Present, please let me know!


Andrea Owen November 13, 2010 at 2:07 am

I knew it was big when I saw two blog posts in two days…

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m SO proud of you! I got a little misty eyed when I clicked on the link and saw it all for realzies.

Proud to know you, more proud to be your friend. AMEN!


Amanda Abella November 13, 2010 at 2:08 am

Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!


Ali November 13, 2010 at 2:40 am

Seriously A-MAZING. Congrats!!!


Jenny Ferry November 13, 2010 at 3:00 am

Ok, I don’t even know where to start…maybe here: this is only the BEGINNING, Jenny B, to the fulfillment of your dreams and purpose. “Houston, we have lift off!” And I count it such an honor to be your friend. Big hugs. Happy dance. And a million high fives!


Jimmy November 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Congrats and best of luck!


Cliff November 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I love the new cover! Subtle and Bruin!


Andrew November 14, 2010 at 3:26 am


Also: Pre-ordered.

Also: Cover looks great!

Also: Congratulations! (again!)


Lauren November 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm

If anyone deserves it, it’s you! CONGRATS!!!


Scott Asai November 16, 2010 at 2:30 am

That’s awesome Jenny! It’s even cooler to see how excited and thankful you are…makes it even better.


Scott Asai November 16, 2010 at 2:31 am

If you’re giving away early copies for reviews, sign me up!


Jolene @TBDetermined November 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome news!!


Katelin November 16, 2010 at 11:58 pm

i am so late to the game, but CONGRATS JENNY! that is so awesome, and adore that cover. you’re a rock star woman :)


Anonymous November 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Jenny – So excited for you! I can’t WAIT to read it! Pre-ordering my copy right now! You go girl!


Cherish November 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Congrats! So exciting! I can’t wait to read it! :) I just recently stumbled upon your blog and it has quickly become my favorite! I put a link to your blog on the one I started today- I hope this is okay? Congrats again on the book!


Adrian November 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

I just pre-ordered my copy on Amazon:-)


AliceAverageLnd November 19, 2010 at 7:43 am

Congrats!! SO EXCITING! You can relax and celebrate (for now!) Kudos girl


ihath November 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm



Allie November 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Oh my gosh, Jenny, that’s amazing – congratulations!


Sam November 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Congrats on getting your book done! Wish I could finish mine :(


Michael Felberbaum November 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Congratulations! Quite an achievement!


The Yakezie December 9, 2010 at 5:12 am

Congrats on your book Jenny! Good to meet up at Rockit this evening!

Cheers, Sam


jennyblake December 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks so much Sam!! Great seeing you at RockIt too 😀 Have an awesome


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