Jandra Sutton is an author, freelance writer, and public speaker. She has a Master’s degree in history from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Connecting with people is her passion, and she loves working with young adults to help ignite their passion for learning and succeeding despite the odds. Her writing has been published on HelloGiggles, Brit + Co, Greatist, EliteDaily, Fangirlish, and more.
In her spare time, Jandra enjoys fangirling, running, and anything related to ice cream. Pluto will always be a planet in her heart. She lives in Nashville with her husband and their two dogs.
- How to Find Balance while Pursuing Your Passion
Glancing at my resume, one of the first comments I hear is, “Wow! How have you had the time to do all of this?” Author, photographer, marketer, librarian, bartender — you name it, I’ve (probably) done it.So what’s my secret? My secret is that I have no secret. We live in a world that tells us we need to have work-life balance, but what they don’t tell us is that work-life balance doesn’t exist. I’m not saying you can’t find balance in your life (balance is a great thing!), but what I am saying is that sometimes, when you’re passionate about something, it’s okay to make little sacrifices elsewhere.
Look at the aspiring novelist who wants to be a debut writer. Is she balancing work and life perfectly? Probably not. In fact, she’s probably working hard at her day job to pay the bills, waking up early (or staying up late) to find time to write, not to mention everything else she has to do.
We keep waiting for this mythical balancing act to kick in, to make everything easy and happy and wonderful — but maybe what we need to do is learn to enjoy our journey instead!
- Personal Branding
With over 8 years in marketing, including three years of coaching authors and publishers on how to grow and develop a kickass brand online, I’ve spent a lot of time teaching people about branding.We’ve all read the blogs. We’ve all watched videos from marketing gurus, snagged the latest books, and speculated over Instagram’s algorithm.
But how many people have that kind of background in marketing and have to somehow put it to good use by themselves and for themselves. Trust me, it’s a completely different ballgame. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!
My books have over 2.5 million reads on Wattpad, and my debut novel, Fragile, was released in July 2017. Over the course of my career, I’ve spoken at various publishing conferences — including IBPA’s Publishing University and Wattpad’s 2018 WattCon — about writing, branding, and finding the time to juggle everything as an author.My journey is unique in that I started in the publishing industry on the business side of things, but — after a friend challenged me to join NaNoWriMo — I discovered a passion for fiction that translated into leaving my full-time job, walking away from a promising career in marketing, and learning what it takes to be a full-time writer.
As a publishing industry veteran who self-published her debut novel, I’m happy to speak on any topics relating to the publishing industry, indie publishing, and/or self-publishing. I’ve coached countless authors through the publishing process, and I’m happy to share my expertise in any way that might be valuable.
- Body positivity, diet culture, and wellness
After having an eating disorder in college, I spent nearly a decade grappling with self-image, my weight, and what it meant for me to be healthy. Now, as a health and wellness journalist, I’ve learned how to put that into words — interviewing experts, diving into the latest research, and trying the trends — and I’ve come to one conclusion.Everyone deserves to feel great about themselves, but the conversations we’re having about health and wellness continue to exclude different groups. It’s my mission to change that.
The debut novel from a publishing industry veteran tells the “thought-provoking and heartbreaking” story of friendship, love, and the struggles of finding yourself.
17-year-old Ava Collins grew up constantly reminded that she wasn’t – and couldn’t – be normal. A deaf student in public high school, her entire life was spent feeling like she needed to be ‘fixed’, but it wasn’t until she met Theo De Vries that she learned the truth.
Ava is learning that her life is her choice, that she gets to decide what she wants from her future, and that maybe we’re all a little bit broken. And normal? Well, normal is whatever you decide.
Published by Wild Hare Collective, Fragile is the first of a series of books aimed at young adults dealing with difficult topics and diverse characters that are relevant, relatable, and utterly binge-worthy.
IN THE MEDIA
Episode #268: October new books and BIG Fantastic Beasts feelings – Professional Book Nerds podcast
A ‘just do it’ attitude: DeKalb grad pens first novel – The Star, KPC News
Episode #71: Jandra Sutton – Rising Stories Podcast
Diversity & Publishing – Caroliena Cabada
Episode #145 Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery, & Romance – Professional Book Nerds podcast
Turning the Pages: Fragile by Jandra Sutton – Fangirlish
Review: Fragile by Jandra Sutton – The Daily Planets
Fragile by Jandra Sutton – A Daughter of Parchment and Paper
How to Rock Your Social Media: An Interview with Jandra Sutton – DIY MFA Radio
The Easy Way That Self-Care Can Backfire – Greatist
How My Partner & I Saved Up For A House While Paying Off Our Debt – Refinery29
How Discrimination Can Hurt Women’s Physical Health – mindbodygreen
I stopped dieting before my honeymoon, and it is the healthiest choice I could have made – HelloGiggles
8 Tips for Dealing With Wedding Stress—From Someone Who’s Been There – Greatist
So, Why Aren’t You Selling Any Books? Push Boundaries, You’re Not the Big 5 – Foreword Reviews
The Ever-Changing State of Social Media and Book Marketing – IBPA’s Independent Magazine
How Friends and Family Can Support Survivors of Sexual Assault – Greatist
Donald Trump isn’t just a “very stable genius,” he’s also in “excellent health” – Yahoo!
How Weight Lifting Worked When Antidepressants Didn’t – Greatist
Fighting with my best friend on vacation is one of the most important things that has ever happened to me – HelloGiggles
Does TV Capture the True Scope of Diversity? – Fangirlish
How to Stay Focused When Working from Home – MAQTOOB