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We have a winner!

July 1, 2008

I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner in Wiley’s Who’s Your BlogHer Hero contest…here’s the official press release…

Wiley announces winner of “Who’s Your BlogHer Hero” contest

Hoboken, July 1, 2008 – John Wiley & Sons is proud to announce that “Melissa” of Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters, has been selected as the winner of the Who’s Your BlogHer Hero? Contest.

In March 2008, Wiley collaborated with BlogHer Inc., to launch a contest to find a “BlogHer Hero”. The goal was to recognize and reward a blogger that has made an impact in the life of women and how he or she uses that blog to inspire passion, innovation and ability to inspire a community. A team of six judges used these criteria to review the hundreds of entries received and arrive at the eventual winner.

“Melissa”, in the eyes of the judges, fit this profile completely. She writes a blog that is, in her own words, “about infertility and pregnancy loss, an exploration of adoption and donor gametes, a bitch session about daily life and books, an outlet for stories and baking lessons written by a sustainable-living, kosher, Jewish, mother of twins conceived via fertility treatments who is still trying to add to her family.”

“This contest has been an incredible experience from the beginning,” said Ellen Gerstein, Director of Marketing for John Wiley & Sons. “To see so many in the community of bloggers taking this chance to recognize one of their own was inspiring. Unfortunately, in the end we could only have one winner, but I think the judges did a fantastic job and selected a winner we can all be proud of.”

As the winner, “Melissa” will receive roundtrip airfare for herself and a guest to San Francisco and two-night’s accommodations, along with two full conference passes to the BlogHer 2008 Annual Conference. She will also be the subject of a chapter in the mini-book, BlogHer Heroes, that will make its debut at the BlogHer Conference in San Francisco on July 18, 2008.

About the judges
Chris Brogan is an Emerging Technologies Advisor and Vice President of Strategy & Technology at Cross Tech Media.  Susan Etlinger is a BlogHer 2008 panelist and can be found blogging across the web in her various blogs, BabyCenter’s MOMformation,, Silicon Valley Moms,, and The Family Room, Denise Tanton became addicted to online community and social media way back in 1997 when she discovered Parent Soup. The addiction became a job when she went to work for and it became a career when she moved on to WebMD. Today she lives, works and feeds her online community addiction as the Community Manager for Jason Marcuson blogs about books, brands, and technology at and is a National Accounts Manager at John Wiley & Sons. Ina Steiner is a featured blogger in Blogging Heroes and Editor of, an independent trade publication for online merchants.  Ashley Zurcher is a personal blogger at purposefullycontent and Technology Marketing Coordinator at John Wiley & Sons.
About BlogHer
Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. BlogHer provides the number-one community and media network of blogs by women via a community hub (, annual conferences and an advertising network of more than 1,800 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides the highest quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance and blog frequency.

About Wiley
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years; helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901, Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology/Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace.
Our core businesses include scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade publishes books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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