Who is Janet Gershen-Siegel, Anyway? And Why Should You Care?
Janet Gershen-Siegel is the Content Manager for Credit Suite. That is, she is me. My work responsibilities include daily blogging and creating weekly webinar content about business credit. Furthermore, I manage a fantastic writer and a virtual assistant. I mean, she’s a real person. Of course. 🙂 It’s just, the term ‘virtual assistant’ is kind of odd. Don’t you think? By the way, the Yoast plugin hates my hyphen and wants to call me Janet Gershen Siegel. But only in the slug?
Yoast, you are weird city sometimes.
Background for Janet Gershen-Siegel and All That Jazz
I have a BA in Philosophy from Boston University, a JD from the Delaware Law School of Widener University, and a MS in Interactive Media (Social Media) from Quinnipiac University, where I graduated with a 4.0.
And I regularly write for Credit Suite, which helps businesses build credit for their EIN that’s not linked to their SSN, and get approved for loans and credit lines.
So my specialties are business credit, business credit cards, business funding, crowdfunding, law, and social media.
But What Else Should You Know About Janet Gershen-Siegel?
So, I have a personality outside of work, of course. I write all the time, and yeah, it’s fiction. Of the science variety. To say I’m a geek would be something of an understatement. Hey, know thyself, right?
The bottom line is, while work is important, and this blog is about work, that’s not all there is.
Outside of work, my life is spent with my husband, in our over 100 year old Victorian house in Boston. Yes, things are falling down. I love it, sometimes quite literally to pieces. We don’t have kids.
And if you think I’m mentioning my name a lot, imagine how I feel? So this is what I get for using it as my keyword phrase.
As for writing, I try to do something or other related to writing more or less every day. So this means not just writing. It also means reading, outlining, editing, querying, and promoting. Querying will tear your heart out if you’re not careful. It can be rather tough to take so much rejection. But then again, if you never query, then guess what? You’ve got a 100% rejection rate.
Yeah, so I’m kind of ruthless that way.
My published work includes not just what’s on Amazon, but also a few zine short stories. I have a tendency to write either weird little bouncy stories or dystopian traumatic stuff. There seems to be very few stories and books in between. Freud, I am sure, would have a field day with me.
Then again, the good doctor would likely have a field day with every single one of us.
My current projects are all over the place. One series could stand to get some beta readers and edited a lot more. Another is in the middle of editing. And another is still in my head space. I have not even written anything down for it. Ooh, I’m living dangerously.
Plus there are two standalone novels. One has been edited. The other needs beta readers, etc.
Online … Stuff for Janet Gershen-Siegel
Beyond this blog and work, I am also the Project Manager for able2know.org. So I have been moderating able2know since, egad, 2002. Feels like a thousand years ago, know what I mean?
I am also an ambassador for Wattpad in the engagement area. Plus I run a profile called WattNaNo, which is dedicated to the intersection of Wattpad and NaNoWrimo. I also run a tiny profile called Shuttlecraft which is far less official and the intention is to capture all of the Star Trek fan fiction on Wattpad.
And I also am a moderator for Trek BBS, for the fan productions sub-forum. Plus I do my best to be active with NaNoWriMo. And I have the usual trappings of family, friends, community, and the like.
The Truth About This Blog
So this blog was originally something I started several years ago (as in, I think, about 2007 or 2008 because I read some place it would be a good idea to have a blog. And, like so many other people before me, I had no idea whatsoever as to what to write. After over a decade of this, and over a year and a half of blogging professionally for Credit Suite (not to mention earlier blogging gigs), I can spin it up in no time, more or less. But it still, at times, rather strange to write about myself. So please forgive me if I seem to be self-deprecating to a fault. It’s just because I truly am.
And so here I am, and it is very nearly midnight, and I am writing up this page in order to give you an idea of who I am, beyond the resume and the blog and the videos. Beyond the books and the articles and the short stories, too. And, of course, beyond the posts, the numerous posts, the thousands of posts. Over 40,000 at able2know alone, and another 4,000 or more at the Trek BBS, not to mention posts at places which are no more.
For someone who is, truth be told, pretty quiet at parties, I blather an awful lot online. But in person?