"I'm going on 50 dates and I'm taking you with me"

The Book

Image September 29
Friday Night
Baltimore Book Festival

"Ladies' Night" panel
Complimentary martini/wine bar and hors d'eurves
Last year's festival included Candace Bushnell, Andrea Mitchell, George Ross, Alan Dershowitz, Patrick O’Connell, J.L. King, Art Buchwald, T.C. Boyle and Toure.

October 6, 2006
Friday, 7 p.m.
Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood CA 90069
310 659-3110 or 1 800 764-BOOK
(Free parking behind the store via Nellas St.)

When I moved from L.A. to Seattle, I figured 'No job, no problem. I'll be a big fish in a little pond.' I had been an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, after all. How tough could getting a job in Seattle be? First I tried to get a column at the Seattle Times. Nope. Then I tried for a staff job at Microsoft. No way. When I couldn't get a job handing out food samples at the grocery store, it was starting to look like there was a problem.

Not only was I unemployed, I was lonely. No job and no money can hamper a girl's social life. Thank god for dating and men who pick up the check. One of the best parts of dating is telling your girlfriends about it. I didn't have girlfriends in Seattle, though. Desperate, I turned to the Internet and told my stories there.

My goal was to go on 50 dates -- a date a week for a year, plus two weeks off for vacation. It was as if I had a job.

I dated a blind guy who ogled other women, a comedian who humped the table at a Jaws-themed dinner party and the son of a '60s rock star who had Beatles sing him lullabies when his parents had dinner parties. I dated so many software designers I can't count them and I had my heart broken twice.

One appearance on ABC News, two on Fox and a readership in 74 countries later, this particular unemployed writer got a book deal.

Dating Amy: 50 True Confessions of a Serial Dater (Warner Books) will be out in the spring of 2006. It includes my 50 dates, pithy stories about being single, glamorous and having to ride the bus, plus my patented myth-busting dating advice.

I feel like I won the lottery by getting a book deal.

Still pissed about missing out on that food-sampler job, though.

Contact Amy

Contact my publicist Elly Weisenberg at Warner Books/5 Spot