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500 DATES: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars
by Mark Miller

500 DATES: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars by Mark Miller

Skyhorse * 272 pages

Mark Miller has held positions as a nationally syndicated dating columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a dating blogger for the Huffington Post (along with a wealth of other publications), a TV sit-com staff writer/producer, a stand-up comic in nightclubs and on TV, and a writer for comedians such as Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Roseanne Barr, and Jim Carrey. Now several years post-divorce, relationship expert and humorist Mark Miller has experienced more than five hundred first dates. 500 Dates is composed of fifty-five humor essays in which Miller features the highlights and lowlights of those dates. But 500 DATES is about much more than dating: its humor essays also cover romance, relationships, breakups, attraction, the nature of love, and how both men and women view the art, science, expectations, and reality of courtship and turning courtship into something deeper and longer lasting in the online dating-obsesssed twenty-first century. Throughout these essays, a portion of which were previously published in various media, Miller provides a sense of hope about one’s romantic prospects. Readers will discover that the end of a marriage, even a long-term one, does not mean the end of romance—or one's sense of humor.

“Mark is a very good friend and brilliant writer. He is like a brother to me. At first, I wrote that he is like a sister to me, but he seemed upset by that, so I revised it.” --Kevin Nealon, Cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and “Weeds”

“Mark and I used to perform our stand-up acts at the same L.A. comedy clubs. He’d always tell me, ‘Michael, one day you'll be starring in a major, respected TV comedy show.’ And I'd always tell him, ‘Mark, one day you'll write a book about 500 women turning you down.’”--Michael Richards, Cast member (Kramer) of “Seinfeld”

“This is the book I would have written—if I had the stomach to date 500 guys and then reveal all about those experiences. Kudos, Mark, and thanks for saving me the trouble!"-- Annabelle Gurwitch, N.Y. Times best-selling author of I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

“500 Dates is a godsend, because now when you get back from your own 500th date, you’ll have something exciting to look forward to. Yes, it's a book and not a human, but it's likely a lot more entertaining and fun to be with than your date was.”--Lori Gottlieb, N.Y. Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough

“Mark Miller's essays made me jealous that I’m happily married and not dating. Not because I could get laid a lot, but because I’d be writing funny essays like these.” --Joel Stein, Time Magazine columnist

“Mark Miller was always funny, way back when we were writing for the great Jimmie Walker, and has continued to be. Now in the world on online dating he has done it again! I’m sick of him being the funny one!” --Louie Anderson, Comedian, actor, author

“I’ve dated hundreds of frogs. And none of them was Mark Miller. He’s not only a Prince—but a hilarious one at that. His book is a fun-filled bible of dating disasters, sure to make you laugh.”--Marilyn Anderson, Dating, Flirting and Kissing Coach on TV's "Extreme Makeover" and author, NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl's Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp

“Any guy who's had 500 dates must know what he's talking about—or be in need of serious psychological care. Either way, you’ll enjoy Mark’s very funny and insightful book.” --Robert S. Levinson, Bestselling author of The Evil Deeds We Do, Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers

“As a publicist, I’ve represented hundreds of major celebrities. Mark Miller has dated hundreds of women. Perhaps we should combine our talents and start a dating service for celebrities. Until then, enjoy his very funny book about the highs and lows of romance, specifically his, in the 21st century.”--Michael Levine, Acclaimed Hollywood publicist, best-selling author, motivational speaker

“Bravo, Mark Miller, for not giving up on love. 500 dates later and he still has the cock-eyed optimism of a hormone-infused teenager!” --Marla Martenson, Professional Matchmaker/Certified Life/Dating Coach, author of Hearts on the Line

“Some guys are funny on stage, some are funny on the page. Mark Miller is that rare breed who’s funny on both. Why he’s not making out like a bandit on the dating scene is beyond me—but thank God he’s not or we wouldn’t have this very entertaining account of what's going on out there!”-- Robert Masello, Author of What Do Men Want From Women?, Robert's Rules of Writing, The Romanov Cross, former columnist for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle