We love getting attention! Who doesn’t?
We also love it when projects that we’ve invested in, get attention. It makes us proud!
And, of course, for either situation, we like to brag (just a little) about how other people are talking about us…
July 24, 2012 — The Author’s Hideaway by Literary Wonders!
2012 Literary Showcase: Jen Busfield
Literary Wonders! 2012 Summer Showcase – Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant
J. A. Busfield is the author of the Love Letters series: Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up, Love Letters, Volume 2: Being Adult and Love Letters, Volume 3: Steady As She Goes.
She’s been writing love letters since her adolescent days. At first, they were full of hope and dreams. The kinds of thoughts a young woman can’t help but have in a world that dramatizes romantic love as real love.
It’s an easy package to deliver: finding “the one” that will fulfill all the longings of your heart and be the person you’ll life partner with as you travel through life’s experiences. Everyone tells you that hard times will come, even the dramas tell you that hard times may come; but it is no matter, because “Love conquers all.” But she learned that romantic love doesn’t have the stamina to weather hard times; it is the choice to Love, the choice to trust Love, that really makes getting through to the other side of storms in life in one piece possible. And that kind of love, real love, isn’t easy at all.
June 24, 2012 — The Times News, Burlington, NC
jab’s plethora, llc
All About Business Profile – Submitted by Jennifer Busfield
Business Idea: I knew that my writing and publishing agenda included several long-term projects and I wanted to self publish from a solid business platform. That’s why I created jab’s plethora.
Hardest part of getting started: I had to learn a lot in a very short amount of time in order to reach my scheduled benchmark goals. There were many late nights and early mornings.
Role model: Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant, also known as That Literary Lady, was a role model for me. I met her at a conference hosted by the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship.
Best idea: The initial business plan didn’t include offering content consultation services; but as opportunities opened up, I chose to embrace new avenues.
June 1, 2012 — Alamance Woman Magazine, NC
Letters of love and gratitude: write it down and make it last
Feature Story – Written by Nikki Jaeger
This concept of capturing the essence of emotion on paper is vividly brought to life by local author Jennifer Busfield- a woman who has absolutely embraced the beauty and power of the written word and its ability to heal, transform, and enhance our lives from a personal level to a community, and even global level. Jennifer, or J. A. Busfield as you may recognize from her self-published titles, found herself, in 2011, reinventing her path and breaking away from the security of a less authentic 9-5 existence, so that she could follow her creative muse and passion. As a single mother of a young child diagnosed with moderate autism, leaving the corporate world was a bold move, but also one that she had plenty of daily inspiration to pursue. Jennifer has a rare quality. She has a way of finding authentic gratitude for everything she encounters in life; from relationships that are thriving to those whose time has expired, from brief encounters with strangers to lifelong bonds, and even inanimate objects that inspire and contribute to her day.
April 17, 2012 — The Elon Pendulum, Burlington, NC
Elon Microfinance Initiative provides local, international business support
Campus News Story – Written by Grace Elkus, Pictures by Grace Elkus
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Elon Microfinance Initiative,” Busfield said. “They understand the value of planting seeds now in order to reap a harvest later. This comes into play as we’ve talked about how to carry forward next school year with continued projects that will increase their exposure within the community.”
Busfield is the owner of Jab’s Plethora, a small business that provides consultation services to people looking to improve their print or online content. She is also the mind behind the Love Letters project, which is a culmination of a website and two books that focus on the importance of sharing love.
When Busfield released her second book, “Love Letters Volume 2: Being Adult,” EMI decided to host a book signing at Local Yogurt.
“We chose LoYo because it’s local yogurt, so it’s also emphasizing the idea of working with and strengthening the community,” said junior Alexis Deprey, vice president of Operations for EMI. “We had people write love letters, which she then posted on her website, and she talked to an Elon student who is interested in publishing her own small book of poetry. She was an inspiration for a lot of aspiring authors.”
The event was held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 10, and Busfield donated a portion of her proceeds to EMI’s Kiva account.
Romantic love. Platonic love. Love gone wrong.
She shares her written expressions of love — and the expressions of others — through her blog, Jab’s Love Letters (jabsloveletters.com). The site publishes love letters written by Busfield along with reader submissions. The Mebane resident began blogging in 2009 and decided to post love letters after realizing there weren’t many blogs with this focus.
The letters also allow her to reach readers on a more intimate level.
“Letters are a really direct way to express love and appreciation,” says Busfield. “I felt that writing letters rather than stories or poems makes the message more direct and a little more personal.”
February 15, 2012 — The Elon Pendulum, Burlington, NC
Local author celebrates love through books, website
News Story – Written by Grace Elkus, Pictures by Claire Esparros
“Valentine’s Day is the one day a year that gives many people an excuse to tell someone, “I love you.” But Jen Busfield, local author of “Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up” and “Love Letters, Volume 2: Being Adult,” thinks expressing love should occur any time of day, any day of the week and any week of the year.
“We shouldn’t have to use Valentine’s Day as the excuse to say, ‘I love you, here are some roses,’” Busfield said. “We should tell each other any time. There shouldn’t have to be a good reason.”
This isn’t to say she isn’t a fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, the holiday has always held a special significance for Busfield, who was born on Feb. 11, but brought home from the hospital on Feb. 14. This year, she used the holiday to help promote her books, which she recently self-published.
“Valentine’s Day falls right into my market,” she said. “My first-ever book signing event (was) Saturday in Alamance County. Best birthday present ever. Life goal, check.”