Jan Yager, the former J.L. (Janet Lee) Barkas, is the author of forty award-winning nonfiction and fiction books which have been translated into 32 languages. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from The City University of New York and an M.A. in criminal justice from Goddard College Graduate Program. She also did a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College and graduate courses in editing and publishing at the NYU publishing program. Dr. Yager's nonfiction titles include six books on time management - WORK LESS, DO MORE; PUT MORE TIME ON YOUR SIDE; CREATIVE TIME MANAGEMENT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM; three on friendship including WHEN FRIENDSHIP HURTS and FRIENDSHIFTS; VICTIMS about crime victims; two on work relationships- PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS; WHO'S THAT SITTING AT MY DESK? - plus three novels -- UNTIMELY DEATH; JUST YOUR EVERYDAY PEOPLE; and THE PRETTY ONE, three illustrated children's books-- THE QUIET DOG; THE CANTALOUPE CAT; and THE READING RABBIT, and more. Dr. Yager has been published by major houses including Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Scribner, and Prentice-Hall. She also founded her own small press, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc., in 1996. In addition to writing her own books, Dr. Yager is a ghostwriter and co-author. Jan has been selling foreign rights since she was head of foreign rights at Grove Press, Inc. for a year in her mid-twenties. She regularly exhibits or attends the Frankfurt Book Fair, Book Expo, and other book fairs around the world. Jan is also a professional speaker, workshop leader, coach, and consultant.
Awards and Recognition
- 1991, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), for BUSINESS PROTOCOL (published by Wiley) 1991, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, Connecticut Press Club, for BUSINESS PROTOCOL
- National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship in medical sociology