Wendy Newman

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Wendy Newman
Photo Wendy Newman at a public reading of "121 First Dates" at Muscardini Cellars, Kenwood, California, on March 26, 2016
Wendy Newman, Kenwood, California (2016)
BornWendy Ann Dimmitt
1967 (age 50–51)
Salt Lake City, Utah
NationalityUnited States
EducationAmerican Sign Language
Alma materVista Community College
GenreInterpersonal relationships
Years active14
SpouseDave Pierce (m. 2018)
Website
wendyspeaks.com

Wendy Newman (born 1967) is an American relationship expert, professional workshop leader, and author. Her relationship advice, often with other experts in the field, has been published in the Wall Street Journal,[1] U.S. News & World Report,[2] Salon magazine,[3] Yahoo! Health,[4] and Bustle magazine.[5] Newman leads a variety of self-improvement workshops; her guidance is based upon her research which started in 2002 and continues today. Her freshman novel, 121 First Dates, details her personal experiences with dates, dating websites and ultimately finding her life partner.[6][7]

Life and career[edit]

Newman was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and became a hotelier in 1986. In 1987 she relocated to San Francisco and for much of the 1990s, she was the general manager of Mary Elizabeth Inn, an 88-room residence for disenfranchised women. In the early 2000s, she incubated an Internet start-up, StaySonoma.com, a lodging accommodations company she sold in 2012.[8][7]

Newman has been employed by PAX Programs since 2002, and has led over one hundred relationship workshops since 2006. She received a certificate in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture Studies from Vista Community College, Berkeley, California (1997).[9]

121 First Dates[edit]

Newman's blogging, which ultimately became 121 First Dates, began with "Date #54 - Keeping Up With Mr. Johnson" on May 8, 2010. Sharing her experiences with family and friends, she continued blogging, reasoning if she didn't end up with a partner, perhaps she might end up with a book. Her calendar contained the 53 earlier dates which she wrote from memory.[9] The working title of the book at that time was, 101 First Dates: A Survival Guide For The Single Girl;[10] Newman met her partner, Dave Pierce, on her 121st first date. A completed manuscript was already in editing at the time of meeting Pierce and was then rewritten from the perspective of a woman now in a committed relationship. Twenty-eight, first-date short-stories are included in 121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!).[9]

Newman decided against self-publishing 121 First Dates.[9] In connection with the publication, Newman has been interviewed by, Access Hollywood (NBC),[11] the Wall Street Journal,[1] the Washington Post (reprinted Chicago Tribune),[12][13] The Huffington Post,[14] Self magazine (reprinted in Glamor),[15][16] and The Daily Free Press [17]

121 First Dates has been reviewed by, Library Journal,[18] Publishers Weekly,[19] and Metro International.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (2 March 2016). "The First-Date Challenge". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ Susan Johnston Taylor (2 June 2015). "The Etiquette of Paying for Dates Today". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Attention, straight men dating women: Here's why they still — yes, still — expect you to pick up the check". Salon. 28 August 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ Refinery 29 (16 February 2016). "Does It Matter If You & Your Partner Love the Same Things". Yahoo Health. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  5. ^ Natalia Lusinski (20 April 2015). "Is Sexting Cheating? 17 Bustle Readers & Experts Define Infidelity, Because Facebook, Emojis, And Texts Are Blurring The Lines". Bustle. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  6. ^ Any Wang (12 March 2016). "How to decode that first date: Book excerpt". OregonLive.com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. Includes television interview from Great Day Washington
  7. ^ a b MEG MCCONAHEY (17 March 2016). "How to find love online, one first date at a time". The Press Democrat. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Stay Sonoma sprouts online booking". The Sonoma Index-Tribune. 23 September 2005. p. A6.
  9. ^ a b c d Nicole Brandon (9 February 2014). "Hourglass Brides - Wendy Newman, Dating 101". BlogTalkRadio. Hourglass Brides. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  10. ^ Wendy Newman (8 May 2010). "Date #54 - Keeping Up With Mr. Johnson". blogspot.com. Wendy Newman. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  11. ^ "'121 First Dates' Author Wendy Newman's Dating Do's & Don'ts" (Video). Access Hollywood. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  12. ^ Rachel Kramer Bussel (12 January 2016). "It might take you 121 first dates to find the love of your life". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  13. ^ Rachel Kramer Bussel (9 February 2016). "It might take 121 first dates to find your true love". The Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  14. ^ Derrick De Lise (19 April 2010). "Dating Advice From Relationship Expert: Wendy Newman". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  15. ^ Zahra Barnes (10 February 2016). "16 Ways To Have An Incredible First Date". Self. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  16. ^ Self magazine (19 February 2016). "16 Ways To Have An Incredible First Date". Glamour. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  17. ^ Corina Pintado (24 February 2016). "Trident shows some love for "121 First Dates" author". The Daily Free Press. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Health and Happiness | Self-Help Reviews, November 15, 2015". reviews.libraryjournal.com. Library Journal. 15 November 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  19. ^ "121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!)". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  20. ^ Belinda McKean (2 February 2016). "3 books that won't make you hate Valentine's Day". Metro International. Retrieved 20 March 2016.

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