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About Amy Newmark

AUTHOR, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, PUBLISHER: CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

Amy Newmark is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published 133 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for having a better life.

Amy is credited with revitalizing the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, which has been a publishing industry phenomenon since the first book came out in 1993. By compiling inspirational and aspirational true stories curated from ordinary people who have extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the 23-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant. 

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She then embarked on a three-decade career as a Wall Street analyst, a hedge fund manager, and a corporate executive in the technology field. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Her return to literary pursuits was inevitable, as her honors thesis in college involved traveling throughout Brazil’s impoverished northeast region, collecting stories from regular people. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career—from collecting stories “from the people” in Brazil as a 20-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

When Amy and her husband Bill, the CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, are not working, they are visiting their four grown children. 

Follow Amy on Twitter: @AmyNewmark

Listen to her free daily podcast, The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast, at www.chickensoup.podbean.com, or find it on iTunes, the Podcasts app on iPhone, or on your favorite podcast app on other devices.

 

Presentations

 

The Best of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Amy’s journey from Wall Street to Main Street has changed her in ways she never anticipated. Still a maverick with an irreverent sense of humor and a penchant for self-deprecating stories about herself and her family, she also synthesizes everything she has learned from reading and editing tens of thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, sharing her favorite stories and their lessons with her audiences.

A keen observer on parenting, love and marriage, positive thinking, resilience, and the human spirit, she shares the wisdom, humor, and advice from her book Simply Happy in this uplifting and entertaining presentation.

The Spirit of America

We live in a great country and we are proud to be Americans, despite the negativity that arises during the political process. With the elections and the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we are all focused on what America means to us.
 

This truly is the land of opportunity, filled with people who demonstrate resilience, creativity, compassion, and that American can-do attitude. The stories that Amy tells are uplifting and entertaining, and they’ll remind you why we are lucky to live in this great land. The companion book for this topic is Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America.

The Joy of Less

Whether you’re reclaiming your empty nest, downsizing, or turning over a new leaf, you know you’ve got too much “stuff” and too much on your schedule! Learn how to say “no” to the things that don’t matter so you can say “yes” to the things that do. Cutting back on material possessions and reducing the number of commitments on your calendar can change your life.

By getting rid of the excess, you clean house, literally and figuratively, and find yourself happier, freer, and re-energized. There are a hundred different ways to find the joy in less, as covered in the companion book for this topic: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less

 
 

Photos

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Amy with Brooke Burke-Charvet, her coauthor on Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less. April 2016.

Amy with Brooke Burke-Charvet, her coauthor on Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less. April 2016.

Amy with country star Jo Dee Messina, and the book they co-authored. 2015.

Amy with country star Jo Dee Messina, and the book they co-authored. 2015.

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Amy Newmark on WVIT NBC Connecticut August 30, 2016 to discuss Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude and Simply Happy

Amy Newmark on WVIT NBC Connecticut August 30, 2016 to discuss Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude and Simply Happy

Amy with Leeza Gibbons (whose story appears in the book Amy is holding), at the Big Book Club Getaway. February 2013.

Amy with Leeza Gibbons (whose story appears in the book Amy is holding), at the Big Book Club Getaway. February 2013.

Amy with Richard Simmons with their book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You. November 2010.

Amy with Richard Simmons with their book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You. November 2010.

Amy with Brad Melzter at the Big Book Club Getaway. February 2013.

Amy with Brad Melzter at the Big Book Club Getaway. February 2013.

Madeline Bernstein and Amy discussing Chicken Soup's pet-focused brand at the Los Angeles ASPCA

Madeline Bernstein and Amy discussing Chicken Soup's pet-focused brand at the Los Angeles ASPCA

Amy with a Dirty Dogs staff member at an event with Second Chance Dog Rescue of San Diego, CA

Amy with a Dirty Dogs staff member at an event with Second Chance Dog Rescue of San Diego, CA

Donating dog food to Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco

Donating dog food to Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco

Podcast

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Books

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Simply happy

A fast-paced and funny deep dive into simple ways to create a happy, confident, and positive life. Amy Newmark distills  advice and wisdom from her life and more than 20,000 Chicken Soup for the Soul stories into this crash course in how to be happy. You'll be entertained, energized, and enlightened by dozen of practical, simple tips that work instantly to improve your everyday life and your future.

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The Power of Gratitude

The power of gratitude can change your life!  In this collection of 101 true, inspiring stories, people just like you share how they turned their lives around for the better by seeing the silver linings, counting their blessings, and changing their perspective. Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. You can learn to be a thankful person by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, and by stopping and thinking about your blessings... even on a bad day. This book will inspire you to become a thankful person!

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Curvy & Confident

There is a healthy conversation going on now about body image and self-esteem, and Chicken Soup for the Soul is part of it. This collection of 101 stories celebrates all the different body types that women have and how we can all be curvy and confident — fit and fabulous within the body types we were issued at birth. Supermodel EMME, the world's first curvy supermodel, an advocate for women, and a spokesperson for all the curvy and confident women out there, shares her own story and introduces us to women who have learned to be fit, happy and confident about their bodies. Reading these stories will leave you feeling empowered, beautiful, and loving yourself just the way you are.

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Video

Amy on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family, talking about "the power of no."


Courtesy of WVIT NBC Connecticut 11 AM News August 30, 2016


Click the image above to watch Amy Newmark on Global News

Click the image above to watch Amy Newmark on Global News


Click the image above to watch Amy Newmark on The CW6 News, San Diego

Click the image above to watch Amy Newmark on The CW6 News, San Diego

 
This compilation...will enrich the lives of its readers. ... Sensible and empowering, Newmark’s work aims to teach others how to live a satisfying life.
Publishers Weekly review of Simply Happy... August 29, 2016
Husband-and-wife team Amy Newmark and Bill Rouhana are in the business of selling succor. The Greenwich couple may not exactly be marketing hugs for the masses, but as a palliative their Chicken Soup for the Soul brand is the next best thing.
"Soul Mates," Greenwich magazine, April 2013
I’ve published more than 10,000 stories and I read all the ones we don’t publish also. Everybody says that I’m different now, that I’m more grounded. I’m even more grateful than I used to be. I’m less stressed about things. I’m more optimistic, more fun, and nicer. I took everything I learned in my original crash course plus nine more years of doing this and distilled all of those great tips, that advice, that wisdom into Simply Happy, which is all of my simple tips to make you have a happier life. My tips are incredibly simple, and almost all of them can be implemented in one second because they just represent a change in your mindset.
— Amy in PARADE magazine, August 23, 2016

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