Oct 16, 2018
The novel: Mr. Nice Guy
Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Nice-Guy-Jennifer-Miller/dp/1250189888
Release date: October 16, St. Martin's
In Brief: Each week, two writers named Lucas
and Carmen are tasked with a excruciatingly public, often
humiliating task: They must sleep together, and then critically
review each other’s sexual performance in a magazine. This is about
what happens when people are honest about the thing nobody’s ever
totally honest about. The novel is written by two people who, as it
so happens, have also slept together—married couple Jason Feifer
(editor in chief, Entrepreneur magazine) and
Jennifer Miller (novelist, The Year of the Gadfly).
Which is to say, yes, a writer couple wrote about a writer couple
with a very… complicated relationship.
Details about us / working together:
- For Entrepreneur, Jason commissioned a survey of 1,007 people
from SurveyMonkey Audience, asking them if they’ve worked with
close friends, family, or spouses. 87% said yes, and 78% said it
was a good experience. They also identified some of the most
important ways to make it work, including: having distinct roles
and responsibilities, allowing for constructive criticism, and
setting aside nonword time to spend together. Good data to talk
about for the show!
- Jen and I met on OKCupid. She said yes to a date because I used
a semicolon correctly in my first message to her. (That would
feature prominently later: The New York
about our wedding, and its lede was “It all began with a
- We’ve always been comfortable working together. One of our
first big challenges while dating was when Jen asked me to edit her
first novel. Definitely a make-or-break moment for an early
relationship. (I said yes; we survived, and it was published.)
- The idea for Mr. Nice Guy started with me in my 20s. A sex
columnist had reached out to me asking for writing advice, and we
started up a correspondence. That sparked the idea: What would
happen if two people had to regularly have sex and then review each
- I tried to write the novel for years, but failed each time. I’m
a non-fiction guy. I just didn’t know how to do fiction. But then I
married a novelist. After Jen sold her most recent novel a few
years ago, she asked me what I thought her next project should be.
“You should write my novel, because I’m never going to do it,” I
said. “We should do it together,” she said. And so, it began.
- It took us three years to write—plotting over dinner, during
vacations, writing on nights and weekends and early mornings. We
split up the actual writing: Jen wrote the majority of the story, I
wrote the columns and some selected scenes, and then we edited each
- The book-marketing and selling process always turns Jen into an
anxious wreck. She says the only reason she’s holding it together
this time is because she wrote it with me.