Author Erin Flynn Jay – interview and [email protected]@y

Friends, remember a little while back when reviewed the very helpful tome called Mastering the Mommy Track?

Well Erin Flynn Jay is back to treat us to some more goodness: an interview!

So, let’s get started!


ERIN FLYNN JAY: Yes, I drink several cups a day. Coffee is a necessity in the morning. I’m an early riser and need coffee.

UL: Do you like donuts or cookies?

EFL: I like both, but I usually don’t like to have sweets in the house. The girls go crazy over sugar so I try to keep these purchases to a minimum.

UL: Good idea about the sweets. How did mommy track get started?

EFL: When I started writing this book, my daughters were ages three and one–challenging ages to say the least. I set out to talk to other moms who were struggling with the work-life balance as well as national experts who could offer solutions. The Great Recession saw women working harder than ever before to support their families, many being the sole breadwinner while Dad stayed at home, caring for young kids. Many women also experienced burnout and depression, putting their children and spouse’s needs above their own.

UL: Yes that burnout feels like a pandemic.  Have you ever written a book before? Will you write another one?

EFL: This is the first one. I would love to write another one; I have a topic in mind that is not parenting related. I need to see how this first one fares. I am excited to promote this book as I have spent over ten years promoting author clients.

UL:  If you could have any superpower what would it be?

EFL: It would be the power to heal the sick from cancer and other diseases.

UL:  YES (high five!) I love that power!  What makes you happy?

EFL: Spending time with my family–and friends. We enjoy Long Beach Island during the summer. I steal away with the girls and work from the laptop there when I can. It’s always a treat to return to Manhattan to see friends or attend conferences–I try to get back there twice a year.

UL: It’s nice to visit you’re old home, isn’t it?  Anything else you wanna tell us?

EFL: I hope career moms across the US and UK will read Mastering the Mommy Track and take away insight that will help them improve all aspects of their lives–both personal and work related. It is a juggling act to balance home and work duties, and for a lot of women in 2012, it’s a walk on a tightrope–a fear their families will never experience the rewards (vacation, travel, time off) they so rightfully deserve.

Right.  You heard it: Mommies deserve to have some rewards! So, as a reward to YOU, we’re giving away a copy of Mastering the Mommy Track with EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY entries!

Here’s all ya hafta do:

Leave a comment below: telling us the superpower you wish you had.  Contest starts October 22th at midnight EST and ends October 31st (Halloween) at midnight EST.


Books Conferences

Sponsor An Unconventional Librarian to attend Book Expo America

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

PammyPam, An Unconventional Librarian, is accepting sponsorship opportunities to attend Book Expo of America, June 4,  2012 in New York City! Book Expo America hosts the Book Bloggers Convention, where book bloggers will convene in “the city that never sleeps” for a chance to mingle, learn and then take part in meeting authors, connecting with other bloggers, and see upcoming books. It is the place to see and be seen in the book industry!

I  have been blogging since 2008 and since developing An Unconventional Librarian in 2010 have been able to connect with book lovers of all kinds all over the world.  What makes my blog different from some others is that I look at books from a multicultural perspective.  Books need to represent our society: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, etc.  Books should also be considerate of those with special needs or sexual preferences. It is only natural that a reader should want to read a book about someone who is like them.

Through this blog I attend Twitter events, online Book Clubs, participate in memes and challenges.  I maintain relationships with bloggers, readers, and authors, and connect on Facebook, Google+, and many more online forums.  Locally I attend book clubs, have been chosen as a Word Book Night giver and connect with clever and smart social media minded women at Philly Social Media Moms and Girls Lunch Out.

As author Daphine Glenn Robinson told me “you’re all over the place!” and I am!

Unconventional Librarian
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

As you can see I’m a bibliophile, lover of all things books, and you’ll rarely find me without a cup of coffee, a book, and my iPhone handy.  I love reading, chatting with other bibliophiles, and helping people find the right book for them. I think being a little silly never hurts, either.

Little by little, one travels far” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

In exchange for sponsorship I can:

  • wear a shirt or carry a bag with your company logo
  • affix your company logo to my laptop, iPad or iPhone
  • distribute company cards, etc
  • Tweet live during the events, highlighting your own hashtag
  • write dedicated blog posts
  • interact with Facebook followers
  • provide ad space on blog
  • host product giveaways
  • take pictures of myself representing your company/product

By attending Book Expo America I will learn, network, and improve my blogging skills. Upon returning from BEA, I can share that knowledge to help myself, book lovers, other bloggers, and YOU!  Feel free to look around the blog, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or  Pinterest.

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ― Julia Child


No amount or kind of sponsorship will be overlooked.  Please consider sponsoring me help me take that train and travel to Book Expo America, you won’t regret it (and you’ll get a BFF for life)!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid


I’m Going to the BEA Book Blogger Convention!

This year I AM going to BBC in NYC!!

The conference is Jun 5-7, 2012

I fooled around last year and didn’t get there.

This year, there is No. Fooling. Around.

I’ve got my golden ticket.

I’ve booked a hotel.

Now all I need is to challenge myself to save money to pay for it!

I can DO THIS!!

Who else is going?


who’s in?


Bloggy Boot Camp Tips

I have been conspicuously silent lately because I’ve been tending my other blog and attending Bloggy Boot Camp Philly! I thought that since perhaps I didn’t meet many book mommy bloggers there, these tips might be worth reposting over here? Whaddayathink?’

I was thrilled to be attending my first blog conference. And also scared to death. Why? Cuz I’m afraid of little green monsters.  I was scared because I was going to be in the presence of some of the awesome mommy bloggers who I follow and respect. And secretly crush on.  My crushes not withstanding, I learned a few things at the conference and I thought maybe someone else might benefit from too.

  1. Find the right outfit for you. Seriously. I wanted to make the right impression, one that said “Wow, she looks like a lot of fun!” rather than “Oh no, here comes that dork.” My outfit HAD to be comfortable (all the way down to my knickers), work with comfy shoes (cuz who wants to meet someone who’s looking all crazy cuz her feet are sore?), and layered cuz of the cold air conditioning. So I got all of those right except for the layering.
  2. If you wear makeup, wear it.  Again, I wanted to make the right impression, and look, as Tiffany from SITS says “well rested” which to me, translates to “looks 29.” But whatever.  Wear lipstick too. That’s my mom’s tip from like, 1867. Still true.
  3. Bring plenty of blog business cards.  It is so fun to trade and it REALLY helps you to meet people. And read them.  Which brings me to my next point.
  4. Meet people. Everyone. Smile, open up your mouth, and talk. To. Everyone.  You never know who you may connect with. It was FABULOUS to meet my online twitter friends in person, some of whom I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t made it a point to speak. To everyone. No excuses, introverts, cuz I am one.
  5. Take notes. I took a notebook (got at a thrift store for 2 bucks), but many people took laptops, ipads, etc. Whatever works for you. I’m happy with my choice NOT to take my lappytop cuz it would have been one more thing for me to worry about.
  6. Stay the night at the same hotel as conference goers.  I’m local but I booked a last minute room at a different hotel.  So, I got to stay late and mingle!
  7. Take your camera. Take pics with your Tribe. It’ll help you remember everyone!
  8. Here’s a tip I wished I’d used: learn your friends’ real names. Cuz when I was showing The Man my pics the next day, I had no idea anyone’s real name.  Here’s the conversation he and I had:

Me:  and here’s a pic with me and XtremeParenthood

The Man: what’s her real name?

Me: dunno. And here’s a pic with me and Dutchbeingme.

The Man: what’s her real name?

Me: <shrugging> don’t know. Now here’s a pic with me, ScaryMommy, NapWarden, and MamaKat.

The Man: <catching on> Oh! Niiiiiice.

Me: I know, right? So pretty!

You get the idea right?

9. DON’T Hit the bathroom just before the break.  I did and therefore had no idea what was going on when I got back.  Story of my life, actually.

10.  Live in the moment and have a good time.  Don’t fret about how you look or what you forgot or what time lunch is or whatever. Be in the moment cuz you’ll never get that moment back and you might miss something AWESOME!

Can’t wait until my next conference!!