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Hi! I’m Jen Milius, and I love helping writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but I help make both feel smoother and achievable.
Prior to starting my business, I had a 20-year corporate career that involved increasingly challenging leadership roles in process analysis and improvement, project management, recognition program development and implementation, and personnel engagement programs. During that time, I informally coached and mentored individuals in their careers to enjoy more meaningful work and gain increased leadership responsibilities. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a Master in Business Administration.
Since then, I’ve published eight titles: one non-fiction and seven fiction. For the non-fiction, I co-authored You Know it’s a Verb, Right? which blends personal development, business, and leadership tenets and releases February 2021. The seven fiction titles are in the Einstein and Moo series, which is a rhyming picture book series is based on our family’s brother and sister tuxedo cats, Einstein and Moo. In addition to hosting and/or attending book signings, I regularly visit schools (both in-person and virtually) to share my writing process while encouraging young readers to use their imaginations and embrace their uniqueness.
Growing up, I was the kid who would submit an essay over taking a standardized test, if allowed the option; or I'd write papers with a dictionary nearby to find a word I did not know, learn it, and weave it into the paper I was doing at that moment. And journaling has always been my preferred method of processing to clear my thoughts when I needed a private sounding board, so when I started down the path to turn the Einstein and Moo poems into published works, I knew it was something I had to do.
Encouraging people is one of my passions. I believe that each of us have something special to offer, but sometimes it takes a leap of faith to be willing to share that gift. I think this belief started when I was five. I was in the children’s choir at my church, and one Sunday we were going to sing “This Little Light of Mine” during a service. We were all told to put one finger in the air while we sang these lyrics: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” My parents said I was the one who dared to be different by putting my whole arm in the air while wiggling it and my hips while I sang, grinning from ear to ear. I let my little light shine that day and believe that when you’re following your passion, your little light shines because you radiate the joy you feel. You feel empowered and that what you’re doing is adding value. Tapping into your full potential means that joy, purpose, and possibility is coming together through you.
I see this in people and animals alike. In fact, the joy our fur babies bring our family is what inspired the Einstein and Moo children's book series.
Einstein and Moo have very different personalities. Einstein is sassy and chatty, and Moo is a bit more shy and snuggly, but they rock who they are, and I love them for it.LEARN ABOUT EINSTEIN & MOO
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