My Say it in French Phrasebook Available in September from Dover Publications

Guess who’s a published author now? It’s on Amazon so that makes it official, right? One of my jobs last year was revising and updating Dover Publications’ Say it in French phrasebook. The original was written in the 50’s and included a section on telegrams and cablegrams, so there was a lot I needed to change and add. I didn’t even know what a cablegram was! Essentially I rewrote most of the book to include modern language that tourists but also regular learners of French in the 21st century would need.

I will post again before September 15 when the book is available and explain the many, many changes I made but I just wanted to finally tell everyone about it because I’ve been keeping this secret for over a year. You can already pre-order it on Amazon. The price is only $5.95.

There are more secrets I am keeping for the moment related to my current job and my future in France, but I’m just waiting for things to be official before I announce anything else!

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  • cathy

    this one should be tougher for people to plagiarize – your stories about all your hard work being stolen always breaks my heart.

  • Liv Jones

    Awesome… will order!

  • Kindra


  • Vicky

    Congratulations. Excited to get my hot little hands on a copy.

  • Andrew

    That’s fantastic, Jennie, congratulations! Dover is a major publisher and their phrase books are extremely popular. Yes, you get to say that you’re a published author now :)

    How are you credited? As the author or an editor or what?


  • Jen

    Well done, that is very exciting

  • Anna

    Congratulations! It must be so awesome to see your name after “author” on Amazon. Looking forward to hearing your other news too (I have my own – I’ll be back to France next year thanks to being accepted for the TAship for Versailles)!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Félicitations to you too! :) Yes, seeing my name and “Author” on Amazon is pretty darn cool!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Jen!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Andrew! I should be listed as the author. They’ve already updated the info with the Library of Congress.

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Kindra!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Liv! Hope you like it!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks cathy!! Yes, hopefully no one can copy this one and try to sell it as their own!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks! I can’t wait to see the final book either! I don’t even know yet exactly how it will look.

  • Soleil

    Congratulations! What wonderful news for you! Not that I’m surprised, this was obviously coming at some point. I’m very happy for you that you’re going to be a published author, and I’ll probably buy the book!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Aw, thanks! :)

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