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This profile was last updated on 6/26/13  and contains information from public web pages.

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Short Story Thursdays
 
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ronniehiggins.com, 26 June 2013 [cached]
Exercising his passion for education, Ronnie runs an email based book club called Short Story Thursdays with its talented founder and author, Jacob Tomsky. His day job is with an amazing multicultural company called Intrax, helping them tell their stories and the stories of their customers.
Through tragedy and triumph, he always looks to annunciate the positive and inject creativity into every aspect of life. Whether through this website, collaboration, or in person - he hopes that this will be his "dent in the universe".
Introduced by author Jacob ...
www.rmanyc.org, 17 May 2013 [cached]
Introduced by author Jacob Tomsky
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Jacob Tomsky is the author of the New York Times Bestselling bookHeads in Beds; a Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-called Hospitality. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared inThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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www.mountainx.com, 14 Nov 2012 [cached]
Hospitality suite | Local author Jacob Tomsky (now based in Brooklyn) just published his likely-to-be-a-best-seller, "Heads in Beds," a "reckless memoir" of the hotel industry. The book goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20; Tomsky appears at Malaprop's on Thursday, Nov. 29. | 0 comments | 468 views Hospitality suite | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC
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From the second sentence, Jacob Tomsky lets you know just what sort of a book he's written: "I've checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a beverage, separated your white panties from the the white bedsheets, parked your car, tasted your room service (before and, sadly, after), cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. With that, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality is off at a breathless pace.
The book is what it says it is: a behind-the-scenes tell-all of the hotel industry. Tomsky started his hospitality career as a valet parking attendant when he was just out of college ("Valet 4 Life, motherf**kers," he crows as he moves up to the front desk). From there, the industry took Tomsky on a rocky ride, across state lines and out of the country, calling him back to its steady (if tiny) paycheck even as he tried to get free and pursue his true passion, writing.
Seems the end justified the means: Tomsky turned all those years parking cars, changing sheets, adjusting bills and pilfering snacks from mini bars into a quick-witted work of mostly non-fiction. Heads in Beds is at turns hilarious, sad, too revealing, naughty, frightening and wildly fun. Tomsky proves to be a smart writer. His voice is warm and accessible, but he's also pleasantly snarky and potty-mouthed. He lets the reader see him at his smarmy, smooth-operating best and his filthy, fed-up worst. (And the book includes lots of tips, like how to eat and drink everything in your minibar for free, how to get extra amenities, and all of the things a hotel guest should never say to a front desk agent.)
Better yet: Tomsky went to high school in Asheville and his father was the media and public relations director at the Grove Park Inn for many years. Which is not to say that any of the bad behavior alluded to within these pages took place at the Grove Park. Certainly not. But as that hotel has employed or will someday employ much of Asheville's population, the connection seems worth mentioning. And in addition of already-scheduled appearances on Good Morning America and 20/20, Tomsky will also make at stop at Malaprop's to read and sign copies of Heads in Beds. (Xpress will run an interview with Tomsky in advance of the reading. Check back for that!)
Biography - Powell's Books
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Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in "hospitality" for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In HEADS IN BEDS he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know.
HEADS IN BEDS is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who's seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department's dirty little secrets-not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it's like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more).
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Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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