The Kickass Single Mom book!

emma johnson single mom book

I got an awesome book deal and am so freaking excited about it! (So is my kid.)




I’m from the Midwest, and the No. 1 rule in the Midwest: Don’t think you’re too cute.

In other words: Humility above all else. Don’t brag. Always keep it cool when referencing your accomplishments, and never, ever appear ostentatious or self-congratulatory or self-aggrandizing.

To which I say:


Last week my unbelievable book agent Wendy Sherman sold THE KICKASS SINGLE MOM: Be Financially Independent, Make Every Man Want to Date You, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children to Penguin imprint TarcherPerigee in a three-way auction for six figures.

I’ll say it: It was so awesome, and I am so excited to write and promote this book.

Formal announcement to come:

Journalist, blogger, podcaster, and the No. 1 leading voice of single motherhood, Emma Johnson’s The Kickass Single Mom, inspiring single moms (more than 12 million in the U.S.) about finances, dating, and raising happy children was sold to Sara Carder at TarcherPerigee (world), at auction by Wendy Sherman at Wendy Sherman Associates. Publication expected Fall, 2017.

The best part of this new project is that it is not about me at all. Wendy, Sara and other people familiar with the book believe what I believe:

A successful family no longer is restricted to a traditional, nuclear unit. Parents are entitled to embrace all of their romantic, economic and family options without shame. Children, parents and society thrive when mothers are financially independent, fulfilled professionally and romantically, and cast away pressure to shoehorn ourselves into a single, outdated idea about womanhood.

So. This. This is my big deal this year. But it represents a big deal for millions of people. This is a moment. I’m so proud to be part of it. There, I said it.

Humbly, I said it, people.



Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

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