The Girl in the Tiara

is creating stories about royal women

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Hi, I’m Jenni Wiltz. I tell the stories of fascinating royal women and their tiaras at GirlInTheTiara.com. If you love royal history, strong women, and fabulous jewels, we're gonna be friends.

About This Project
A couple years ago, I started blogging about a different tiara each week. I called it Tiara Tuesday, and people really got into it! Pretty soon, I realized these stories deserved a lot more words and a lot more time.

But time was what I didn't have.

I was busy trying to write thrillers while holding down a full-time job. Long story short, I still have the day job, but I've given up on the fiction.

Take it from me - giving up on your dream hurts. But I think that dream didn't work out because it was the wrong dream. Once I started researching tiaras again, I found stories I'd never heard before - stories of women with strength, courage, humor, and compassion. I realized I wasn't supposed to be writing fiction. I was supposed to be bringing these stories to you.

My Goals
I want to write more posts to introduce you to royal women you've probably never heard of. I want to turn those posts into books, podcasts, videos, and merch. Right now, I have a couple hundred blog posts in my “to be written” list. Here are just a few:

  • Who the Heck Are the Leuchtenbergs?
  • Seduce and Destroy: The Strange Case of Princess Tarakonova
  • The Woman Who Saved the Cumberland Jewels
  • Rescued: 5 Tiaras Saved from Disaster

And I’d love to do all this before I’m 80.

Want to see what kind of content you'd be getting? Check out the Girl in the Tiara blog. Or check out my site trailer:


I Need Your Help
These kinds of stories take time. I'm driving to libraries to get books, translating books written in languages I don't speak, reading newspapers published over a hundred years ago, and trying to turn all that research into posts, PDFs, books, audio, video, social media, and more. And I'm doing it after a full day of work with an hour commute each way.

With your support, I’ll be able to pay for the site, and maybe reduce my working hours. If I could blog every week, podcast once every two weeks, do merch, put out a couple books a year, and support myself by doing so, I’d be the happiest person on earth. Okay, it would also be nice if mac and cheese had no calories, but beggars can’t be choosers.

There’s a Bigger Picture Here, Too
This project isn’t just about tiaras. It’s about uncovering the lives, loves, dreams, mistakes, and motivations of the women who wore them. Did anyone ever tell you about Princess Therese of Bavaria, who was a botanist, zoologist, and travel writer? Did anyone ever tell you about Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, who overcame an emotionally abusive marriage to become a role model for the tsar who liberated Russia's serfs?

If you believe we need more encouraging stories about women and women’s history, this project is for you. If you think someone should cross Drunk History with The Crown, this project is for you.

What Would the Money Be Used For?
Here’s what the site costs now:

  • Hosting & domain. $6/month. As I get more traffic, this will increase.
  • Research materials. $100-$200/month. I pay for several online databases, newspaper subscriptions, and library privileges at my alma mater so I can dig deeply into these stories. I buy the books I can’t get through a library, which usually means they’re coming from overseas. My post office must wonder why I get stuff from Germany all the time.
  • Licensing images, music, video clips, etc. $25/month, on average. I keep this cheap by relying on royalty-free media services and Wikimedia Commons instead of paying, say, Getty Images.
  • My time. $0. Right now, I put in about 20 hours a week on the site. I should be using that time to do freelance work or get a second job to pay down my student loan. But I love these women and their stories. It’s a mental and physical compulsion to sit down and write them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
  • Total: $130+/month

Will you help me find, research, and publish more stories about amazing royal women and their tiaras?
Tiers
Tiara
$1 or more per month
  • Source Report: I tell you what's most interesting about a source I just used - from juicy gossip to unexpected tidbits of info. 
  • Two short stories I wrote about Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna (Ella) and Henriette, Duchesse d'Orléans.
Diadem
$5 or more per month
  • Source Report
  • 2 short stories
  • Post in Progress: Find out who's featured in the next post! Get my outline, sources, and preliminary notes.
  • Deleted Scenes: See what got cut from a post. Sometimes it's fascinating information that strayed too far off course...other times, it's stuff I decided should get its own post later.
Hi, I’m Jenni Wiltz. I tell the stories of fascinating royal women and their tiaras at GirlInTheTiara.com. If you love royal history, strong women, and fabulous jewels, we're gonna be friends.

About This Project
A couple years ago, I started blogging about a different tiara each week. I called it Tiara Tuesday, and people really got into it! Pretty soon, I realized these stories deserved a lot more words and a lot more time.

But time was what I didn't have.

I was busy trying to write thrillers while holding down a full-time job. Long story short, I still have the day job, but I've given up on the fiction.

Take it from me - giving up on your dream hurts. But I think that dream didn't work out because it was the wrong dream. Once I started researching tiaras again, I found stories I'd never heard before - stories of women with strength, courage, humor, and compassion. I realized I wasn't supposed to be writing fiction. I was supposed to be bringing these stories to you.

My Goals
I want to write more posts to introduce you to royal women you've probably never heard of. I want to turn those posts into books, podcasts, videos, and merch. Right now, I have a couple hundred blog posts in my “to be written” list. Here are just a few:

  • Who the Heck Are the Leuchtenbergs?
  • Seduce and Destroy: The Strange Case of Princess Tarakonova
  • The Woman Who Saved the Cumberland Jewels
  • Rescued: 5 Tiaras Saved from Disaster

And I’d love to do all this before I’m 80.

Want to see what kind of content you'd be getting? Check out the Girl in the Tiara blog. Or check out my site trailer:


I Need Your Help
These kinds of stories take time. I'm driving to libraries to get books, translating books written in languages I don't speak, reading newspapers published over a hundred years ago, and trying to turn all that research into posts, PDFs, books, audio, video, social media, and more. And I'm doing it after a full day of work with an hour commute each way.

With your support, I’ll be able to pay for the site, and maybe reduce my working hours. If I could blog every week, podcast once every two weeks, do merch, put out a couple books a year, and support myself by doing so, I’d be the happiest person on earth. Okay, it would also be nice if mac and cheese had no calories, but beggars can’t be choosers.

There’s a Bigger Picture Here, Too
This project isn’t just about tiaras. It’s about uncovering the lives, loves, dreams, mistakes, and motivations of the women who wore them. Did anyone ever tell you about Princess Therese of Bavaria, who was a botanist, zoologist, and travel writer? Did anyone ever tell you about Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, who overcame an emotionally abusive marriage to become a role model for the tsar who liberated Russia's serfs?

If you believe we need more encouraging stories about women and women’s history, this project is for you. If you think someone should cross Drunk History with The Crown, this project is for you.

What Would the Money Be Used For?
Here’s what the site costs now:

  • Hosting & domain. $6/month. As I get more traffic, this will increase.
  • Research materials. $100-$200/month. I pay for several online databases, newspaper subscriptions, and library privileges at my alma mater so I can dig deeply into these stories. I buy the books I can’t get through a library, which usually means they’re coming from overseas. My post office must wonder why I get stuff from Germany all the time.
  • Licensing images, music, video clips, etc. $25/month, on average. I keep this cheap by relying on royalty-free media services and Wikimedia Commons instead of paying, say, Getty Images.
  • My time. $0. Right now, I put in about 20 hours a week on the site. I should be using that time to do freelance work or get a second job to pay down my student loan. But I love these women and their stories. It’s a mental and physical compulsion to sit down and write them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
  • Total: $130+/month

Will you help me find, research, and publish more stories about amazing royal women and their tiaras?

Recent posts by The Girl in the Tiara

Tiers
Tiara
$1 or more per month
  • Source Report: I tell you what's most interesting about a source I just used - from juicy gossip to unexpected tidbits of info. 
  • Two short stories I wrote about Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna (Ella) and Henriette, Duchesse d'Orléans.
Diadem
$5 or more per month
  • Source Report
  • 2 short stories
  • Post in Progress: Find out who's featured in the next post! Get my outline, sources, and preliminary notes.
  • Deleted Scenes: See what got cut from a post. Sometimes it's fascinating information that strayed too far off course...other times, it's stuff I decided should get its own post later.