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About Ellen Gerstein

I’m the director of Marketing at a large, not-quite-in-NYC publishing house, where I work on books about technology.  I’m also the mother of 2 great kids, IT Boy and Soccer Girl (my mini-me daughter).   I have a husband too (that would be Mr. IT), but he doesn’t like being blogged about.  He’s kind of a luddite.  Opposites do attract, you know.  My hobbies include those of any other typical 15 year old boy, except for the part about my not being a 15 year old boy…gadgets, downloadable music, reading (esp. SF), sports of all kinds (watching baseball, hockey and football; coaching soccer; playing tennis).  My daughter plays soccer during every waking minute, it seems, so I am truly a “soccer mom”.  My ultimate goal is to spend more of my precious free time reading books that have nothing to do with technology, preferably on a bright and sunny palm tree-lined beach (pina colada optional).  Some people know me as Ellen Reavis, some as Ellen Reavis Gerstein.  Either way, that and $2 gets me on the subway every time.

I am currently recovering from a kick where I was naming blog entries after songs by The Smiths.  It’s better now, but I cannot promise it won’t happen again.

You can contact me at elleinthecity at gmail dot com.

You can also find me on the following social media sites:




18 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    August 1, 2007 2:53 pm

    You are wonderful and have way too much energy!!! Can I have some of that?

  2. August 30, 2007 12:21 pm


    I like your blog. I found it because I’m researching connecting with publishing people on LinkedIn. Frankly, I’m hoping to connect with more people that can steer me towards more and steadier freelance book design and layout work. Or at least towards some ideas as to how to get a more reliable “in” to publishers.

    But in reading your entry “Math Doesn’t Suck”–I happen to love typesetting math, actually cut my teeth proofreading such, and have done layout on a number of heavy-duty math texts–I realized I’d like to ask you to take a look at my blog at and perhaps exchange links to each other’s blog.

    Anyway, kudos on a good read.

    Stephen Tiano, Book Designer, Page Compositor & Layout Artist
    iChat screen name:

  3. October 2, 2007 9:08 pm

    Hi Ellen,

    You left a comment at my blog, the other week. Not sure if you were aware, but my wife, Lindsay, is an AE on the consumer Dummies team. She read the post and said, “Hey, Ellen works at Wiley.”

    If coincidence, pretty cool. If not, then still pretty cool. And, of course, thank you for checking out my blog. Anytime you want to drop some pearls of wisdom, I would love it.

    All the best,


  4. July 8, 2008 6:48 pm

    Hi Ellen,
    I am very new to blgging, any tips?
    Thanks, Wendy

  5. July 19, 2008 11:34 am

    Finally added your excellent blog to my blogroll. Keep up the well thought out take on relevant subjects.

  6. August 12, 2008 5:40 am

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  7. August 29, 2008 3:47 pm

    Couldn’t find an email for you… Thanks for your wonderful photos from MSG…..


  8. November 17, 2008 1:24 pm

    Dear Ellen:

    Thanks for the plug from the Oasis post.

    You can always go to our web site and purchase.

  9. podkat permalink
    December 18, 2008 2:21 am

    I’m a soccer dad, a baseball dad, a basketball dad. I used to be a hockey dad but seasons conflict and the ice here in CA stinks! Oh yeah, I coach all these teams, too. Don’t have a BMW or a MBZ… I proudly drive my Dad-van, even to client and biz dev meetings. No facade, just a real guy who loves his family. Sounds like I have a counterpart on the right coast.



  10. March 24, 2009 9:32 am

    Just found your blog today through a Twitter post. I am a blogger and I would be interested in your Personal Finance for Dummies title. I would love to do a feature on my blog!

    Thank you.

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  11. May 12, 2009 1:54 pm

    Hi Ellen,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you:

    Hope you find it helpful!


  12. September 23, 2010 12:44 pm

    Hi, nice to meet you !

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  14. January 5, 2012 3:20 am

    Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  15. April 10, 2013 12:09 am

    This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  16. May 21, 2013 6:28 pm

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