Publication Frenzy

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Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.

Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. What’s happening in your little world?

Joe: Quite a bit. I am working on marketing my new book, Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life. I decided to republish my other books in paperback through Create Space. I have finished working on Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Journey which is now available again at Amazon. I plan to add my other three books, but for now am back to work on Commonsense Wisdom for Teens, which I put aside a while ago. Here is a little taste:

After writing my first book, Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life, I realized that what I had to say was directed toward adults. I wondered what teens would make of it, and came to the conclusion that most of their concerns were different from those of adults.

I also wondered whether I really knew what their concerns were. I decided that the best way to find out for sure was to ask teens what concerned them and how they dealt with their concerns. I went in search of teens who were willing to talk with me about their concerns.

I found a number of teens who were willing to fill out a questionnaire and meet with me to talk about what they had written. This book is an account of that process. The teens who participated were all from Western New York, some from rural Genesee County and the others from urban Monroe County.

Since I asked them to share such personal information, I asked them all to choose a fictional name to use in this book. They are Punkman, Nikki, Amy, Ellie, Paige, Kapow, Miss Mimi, Chuck, Abe, Ronnie, Anna, Amy, Lynn, Sean, Julie, Darla, Allie, Chuck, Zoe and Kylie Thanks so much for your honesty and courage in sharing part of your lives.

As you read on, you will find stories about teens, based on those I have met over the years I have been in practice, comments of teens I interviewed and my reflections on their comments. You will also find practical suggestions for things you can try to help you with life. (Excerpt from my forthcoming book, Commonsense Wisdom for Teens)

Calliope: You have been busy. Make sure you come up for air from time to time and keep me posted.

Joe: Will do.

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