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Joe:  Good afternoon Calliope.

Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. It’s been a little quiet on your end.

Joe: It just seems that way. I have been busy.

Calliope: Doing what?

Joe: I have been tweaking my website as well as my blogs on Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life as well as Making the Best of Your Teen Years. I have added some links, posted related articles and excepts from my books.

Calliope: Anything else?

Joe: I found someone at Facebook willing to help me get started with Facebook advertising which I had not considered. I think I will have a go at it for my books.

Calliope: I guess You have been busy. Is that it?

Joe: Not quite. I am looking for some reviewers for Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It. I would especially like to have some teens review it. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can send you a free PDF copy to review. I guess that’s about it for now.

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Joe: Good morning Calliope.

Calliope: Good morning Joe. Have you been busy with your writing?

Joe: All except for a great James Taylor concert last night in Canandaigua.  It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. James is as good as ever and was surrounded by excellent singers and musicians, including Stevie Gadd. It was a nice break from my frenzy of writing and publishing activity.

Calliope: Glad to hear you are having a little fun in life. How is the writing coming?

Joe: Most of my time since the teen book was published Friday has been taken up with publicity and developing a blog for my book called Make the Best of Your Teen Years. I am working on a radio show and looking for connections for distribution of the book. So far, so good. Talk with you later.

Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It

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Joe: Good morning Calliope.

Calliope: Good Morning Joe. How goes the publication work?

Joe: I was happy to find that my new book, How to Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It, is now available from Amazon in paperback and as an Ebook.

Calliope: Did you find the process difficult?

Joe: I can’t say it was simple, but this is my sixth book an I am getting familiar with the process.

Calliope: What was the process?

Joe: I started writing the book about nine years ago when I found some teens to complete a questionnaire about their lives and who also agreed to be interviewed. I put this together and also wrote a couple stories for the book. I guess I wasn’t in the mood then to write any more stories and put the book on the shelf. In November, I started thinking about it again and went as far as a final draft. I had two adults, Linda Lathan and Mike Iten. as well as two teens, Cassidy Caccamise and Emily Leone read it. Based on their input, I made significant changes and wrote stories for each of the chapters. In light of all the changes, I submitted a new cover and text to CreateSpace. After combing over the digital proof, I made several more changes. I first wrote the book in Word 2003, moved it to Scrivener for the editing and back to Word for final formatting. I had to use separate formatting for the paperback and Ebook editions.  I also wrote some marketing copy for my Amazon listing. And voila! It’s for sale through Amazon. Now on to more marketing.

A New Book in the Hopper

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Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.

Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. It seems you have news.

Joe: Indeed I do. After years of development, my book for teens is finally finished.

Calliope:Tell me about the book.

Joe: A number of years ago I found some teens willing to fill out questionnaires about their lives and allow me to interview them about their answers. I worked on it for a while and then realized I needed stories for each of the chapters. I didn’t get around to writing them and put the book aside. A few months ago I picked up the manuscript and finished the text. I had a few teens read the book. Their comments made me realize that the stories were essential. I went back to work and wrote them. I had a couple proofreaders review my writing for this book. Now it’s done.

Calliope: Is it ready for publication?

Joe: I submitted the files this morning for a CreateSpace paperback and Kindle Direct Ebook. Both have been processed and accepted. I am just waiting now for them to appear on Amazon.

Calliope: Great news. Let me know when they are available.

Joe: Will do. Talk with you later