- Author Bio
INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 TASTE CANADA AWARDS AND THE RAKUTEN KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE. For fans of Eat Pray Love, Wild, and H is for Hawk, The Measure of My Powers is the story of one woman’s search for self-love, experienced through food and travel.
“With searing vulnerability and unflinching honesty, Jackie Kai Ellis takes us on an intense and immersive journey from her darkest moments to the redemption she finds through her love of food, Paris, and ultimately, herself.”
—Jen Waite, bestselling author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing
On the surface, Jackie Kai Ellis’s life was the one that she and every woman wanted. She was in her late twenties and married to a handsome man, she had a successful career as a designer, and she had a beautiful home. But instead of feeling fulfilled, happy, and loved, each morning she’d wake up dreading the day ahead, searching for a way out. Depression clouded every moment, the feelings of inadequacy that had begun in childhood now consumed her, and her marriage was slowly transforming into one between strangers—unfamiliar, childless, and empty. In the darkness, she could only find one source of light: the kitchen. It was the place where Jackie escaped, finding peace, comfort, and acceptance.
This is the story of one woman’s journey to find herself. Armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the 20th-century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, she travels from France to Italy, then the Congo, and back again. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, eats the most perfect apricots over the Tuscan hills, watches a family of gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken one last time on a bridge in Lyon, and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy.
Told with insight and intimacy, and radiating with warmth and humor, The Measure of My Powers is an inspiring memoir, and an unforgettable experience of the senses.
Marketing: US Plan
Advance mailing to trade publications and longlead women’s magazines
Social media campaign via Goodreads pre-publication attention and BookRiot
Explore opportunities with podcasts such as Dear Sugar, Terrible, Thanks for Asking: The Lively Show and Kind Word
Extensive review mailing to outlets such as the Library Journal, Publishers Weeky, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Vanity Fair
Advance copies mailing to book reviewers including the New York Times
Pitch author interviews to print, radio and blogs
Publicity: Video assets to use for media and marketing
3-city tour (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal)
Explore partnership opportunities with author-affiliated brands
Goodreads giveaways - key will be to get a lot of early reads!
Author Website: jackiekaiellis.com/
Author Social Media: Instagram: @jackiekaiellis(8K); Twitter: @JackieKaiEllis(1.9K)
“Open, raw and honest. . . . Tender and authentic tales of a woman coming into her own.”
—The Globe and Mail
“With searing vulnerability and unflinching honesty, Jackie Kai Ellis takes us on an intense and immersive journey from her darkest moments to the redemption she finds through her love of food, Paris, and, ultimately, herself.”
—Jen Waite, Internationally Bestselling Author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing
“This inspiring memoir digs deep into one woman’s struggles to overcome her depression. A writer, baker, woman of the world—Jackie Kai Ellis stars in all these roles.”
—Lucy Waverman, Award-Winning Author of The Flavour Principle
“An uplifting memoir that’s taught me the importance of valuing yourself, and not being afraid to ask for the things you want in life.”
—Joann Pai, Food and Travel Photographer, @sliceofpai