Over the weekend I received a message from “Scary Mommy” Jill Smokler about her book release April 3. If you haven’t heard of Jill, you’re probably not a mom. She’s a Baltimore blogger who started writing about her family in 2008 and before long amassed a huge following. Nine months ago, the Mt. Washington mother of three signed a book deal with Simon and Shuster’s Gallery Books for a compilation of her writing, entitled “Confessions of a Scary Mommy“. Her stories of imperfect parenting provide a realistic contrast to the “Tiger Mommy” and “Bringing Up Bebe” world of hyper-parenting. Here’s what Jill had to say about her unexpected road to celebrity blogger mommy:
Subject: Confessions of a Scary Mommy
You may be aware that I wrote a book. I would call this whole experience a dream come true, but that would be a lie, because, in my wildest dreams, I never thought any of this would be happening.
It’s been almost exactly nine months since I signed the book deal. The last nine months have been a roller-coaster of excitement, stress, pride, terror and nausea. I often pinch myself and wonder exactly how this all happened. Now, it’s finally time to deliver my fourth baby. In three short days, Confessions of a Scary Mommy will be available in stores.
I began Scary Mommy simply as a baby book when Evan was born, but it quickly grew into a community for less than perfect parents like myself. A community free of judgement and full of kindness and acceptance.
Last year, after seeing confession after confession by moms unable to feed their families a Thanksgiving dinner, my community pulled together in an effort to help. In a few short days, we were able to raise over $20,000 to feed families dinners which they would otherwise have gone without. From this effort, my non-profit, Scary Mommy Nation was born. SMN will assist moms during two times of the year when feeding their families may be the most stressful: Thanksgiving, a family holiday revolving solely around food, and summer break, the time when most school lunch programs are put on hold and parents are faced with three months of stress and concern. I will be donating a portion of the first day sales (pre-sales included) to help kick off SMN.
More information on how to buy, reviews, book trailer and tour dates are all listed here: http://www.scarymommy.com/confessions-of-a-scary-mommy/. I would LOVE to see you.
Scary Mommies unite!
I’ve only read the first two chapters of the book and they are hilarious. Here are a few of her “Mommy Confessions”:
- I sometimes try to to get sick, just to have an excuse to go to bed at 6:00 p.m.
- I joined a gym for the free day care. I drop-off the kids and read magazines and blogs in the locker room.
- I kiss my young teenager goodbye in the morning as she leaves for school, rising above the hormone-fueled histrionics and snarling. Then I close the front door and flip her off, with both hands.
The humor and compassion that she brings to her enterprise reveal what her fans have known all along: Maybe she’s not so scary afterall.
Good luck Jill. We’ll see you at one of your signings.