Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher. 

For her clients she writes articles, book proposals, press releases, and other promotional materials. She also does developmental, copy, and line editing, and proofreading. 

Her editorial clients have included the District of Columbia Public Library, the NIH Clinical Center, the National Audubon Society, the Paul Robeson Foundation, NAFSA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the World Bank, as well as many individuals, including Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Young .

She is the author of two books, and her essays and articles have been published in Smithsonian and the Christian Science Monitor. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited. Her most recent book is Demystifying the French. 

She is an adjunct professor for Queens College of the City University of New York, and she also teaches classes and gives workshops in partnership with Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C., and leads book groups for the American Library in Paris. She divides her time between France and the United States.


Demystifying the French

Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, is an entertaining, practical guide aimed at first-time visitors to France, as well as long-term expatriates. 

The book begins with five easy-to-follow essential tips "for even brief encounters" that will pave the way for a positive experience in France, followed by ten chapters that go into a deeper explanation of French habits, manners, and ways of viewing the world. Reflections contributed by David Downie, Adrian Leeds, Harriet Welty Rochefort, and other well-known commentators on Franco-American cultural differences provide additional perspective and depth. 

A glossary of French terms that is both substantive and whimsical provides surprising insights into historical as well as cultural reasons for the French being "the way they are." Aimed mainly at an American audience, this book will be helpful for anyone who wants to better understand the French, and have fun while doing so.

“…if you only have one primer on the French to read before your trip or bring along with you, this is the one…” Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de Vivre.

Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home


An upbeat, hands-on guide that pulls together a wealth of practical information, sanity-saving tips, and heartwarming stories from people who have emptied out a family home packed full of "stuff." 

While aimed primarily at those dealing with a home that has been lived in for many years, it is valuable for anyone who is trying to stay on top of accumulating "too much stuff." The authors, and the experts they interviewed, have helpful tips on how to care for, preserve, donate, or sell objects, as well as how to get rid of the things no one wants—in short, how to deal with everything from antiques and collectibles to old family photographs and letters, to the toxic waste under the kitchen sink. 

What distinguishes this book from most books on decluttering is its emphasis on finding the perfect balance between "keeping" and "throwing," as well as on an ecologically responsible approach and one that recognizes the importance of historic preservation and family history. Professional organizers and senior move managers find it especially helpful for clients who have difficulty in getting rid of things.