You Want to Write a Book? Do It.

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Today I’m sharing a bit about my own author journey—in hopes of saving you years of wasted effort.

When I started out to write a book, I had a message that I knew could change the world for students and parents. I’d already been a professional writer for over 25 years, so I already knew how to write sentences and paragraphs. I knew how to organize thought and communicate effectively. But writing a book?

What I didn’t know about writing a book could fill a book.

The process of writing and publishing a book has so many moving pieces, so much unfamiliar vocabulary, and so many complex, interdependent steps.

I felt lost. I wondered, “How can I produce a creative, brilliant, and helpful book—when 75% of the book writing and publishing process is foreign to me?”

At first I thought that surely, a publishing contract would be the answer.

I thought that if I landed a publishing contract, that would be the easy route to getting my raw manuscript to finished product—and my book into readers’ hands. Let others do the work!

But after landing a publishing contract and realizing how little money I’d make from it and how at-risk I’d be for losing my rights to my work if my book went out of print—I turned that publishing contract down and decided I’d be my own publisher.

I used CreateSpace on Amazon (now called Kindle Direct Publishing) for my printing, and got professional help navigating all the other steps of the book publishing process.

I do really love Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’d do that again in a minute. But the most important, most life-changing help I got was from Stacy Ennis.

The moment I decided to be my own publisher, I was immediately on my way.

No more waiting around to be noticed. No more spending years traveling to writers’ conferences to try to get literary agents and acquisitions editors interested in me.

Being my own publisher rocketed me to my end goal of holding my own published book in my hands, of keeping all the profit from it, and of rapidly growing my business by leveraging off of an author credential.

Caution. If you’re going to write a book, you don’t want it to be a bad book.

If you slap together a poorly organized, poorly designed, amateurish, sub-par book and quickly put it up on Amazon so you can say that you’re an author, that’s going to backfire on you.

If your book doesn’t get reviews, or if the bulk of your reviews are negative, that will hurt your name, your brand, and your business.

I saved myself from this by getting help from Stacy Ennis.

Hiring Stacy was one of the best business investments I’ve ever made. She worked with me to engineer the structure of my book, to shape and polish it, and to navigate all the moving pieces I had to master to have an outstanding, well-reviewed result.

At this point parents are reading my book, libraries are stocking it, schools are putting it at their front desks for parents to read, and financial advisors are buying copies in bulk for handing out to clients.

I could have never achieved this without Stacy.

Until now, only a few lucky authors have been able to get Stacy’s help.

Stacy’s in such high demand that she’s able to accept only 1% of the projects offered to her. The wait to get on her client list can be months and even years long.

Now, you can get Stacy’s best help for a fraction of her regular price.

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Join Stacy’s live, in-person book coaching program Nonfiction Book School by August 5th, 2020, and you’ll get top-notch, expert guidance that walks you through each step of writing your book, from initial idea to finished manuscript.

If you’re reading this on or before August 5th, 2020, join Stacy for a free webinar on how to increase your influence by writing a book. Register here.

Listen to my live interview with Stacy Ennis. It’s fun and fast-paced.

If you’re parenting a kid ages 12-18 and you’d like to hear what I, personally do for free to help parents get kids through college debt-free, zoom straight to minute 26:38.

When my book got rave reviews on Amazon, that was a game-changer for me.

It got me attention that literally changed my professional life.

Let Stacy give you the help she gave me.

I have no affiliate agreement with Stacy Ennis and have not been compensated in any way for writing this article.

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A Virtuous Life, a Rich Life—In Just 30 Seconds

As for me—I’d love to live a virtuous life. A rich life.

I got great help from this diagram—in just about 30 seconds!

I love it.

A virtuous life is one of balance between deficiency and excess.

Interesting.

This is thought-provoking—and worthy of putting up on the bulletin board, I think!

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Try Not To Embarrass Your Kids

Parents, if you can—try not to embarrass your kids.

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But if you just can’t help yourself—go ahead and do it up big!

Because nobody knows and loves your kids like you do.

I’m Jeannie Burlowski, and I’m the author of this book:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing all at once—but even if you did, it would only take you 7 hours.

Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

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How to Keep Your Brain Wired for Energy and Creativity

Many of us have been repenting, in tears, of our own lack of action—lack of paying attention—when it comes to racial injustice. Now we wonder, “What can I do?”

One thing is—remain engaged. Not grow weary in well-doing.

We can’t let our fiery conviction that change MUST HAPPEN dissipate with the next news cycle because we’re getting tired.

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I understand that the constant barrage of vitriol and negativity we’re hearing all around us is energy-draining. It saps the creativity we so need to think of empathetic, kind things we could do that could actually help bring about beautiful and long-lasting change.

If you’ve been feeling drained in this way, today might be a good day to listen to this funny, enlightening, high-energy 12-minute TED Talk by Dr. Shawn Achor, instructor for the most popular class ever in the history of Harvard and leader in the positive psychology movement.

Dr. Achor helps us understand how we can keep our brains wired for the energy, productivity, and creativity that will help us make a positive difference in the world.

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Launching a Teen Into Adult Life—Is Like Launching a Canoe

If you’re in the long process of launching a teen into adult life, you know the wobbly, unstable feeling.

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Your teen’s about to embark on a journey that’s going to be exciting.

It’ll be a combination of breathtaking beauty and—at certain times—hair-raising, adrenaline-skyrocketing danger.

The safely of the shoreline is no place to spend the rest of your life, and so your teen has to go.

Launching a teen into adult life can feel like launching a canoe.

It’s a time of transition.

You hold the gunwales while the child you love goes from standing confidently on solid ground, to placing one foot on a wobbly, unstable surface.

Then stepping gingerly—holding on—trying to find balance, trying to get to a seat without tipping.

Sometimes this canoe holds multiple teens all doing this at the same time, with scant experience or skill, their every move throwing your whole family off balance one way, and then another.

Launching a teen can be like launching a canoe—for 7 years.

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Heartbroken

Friends, I’m heartbroken over what is happening in Minneapolis and around the United States.

I’ve been fighting against income and education inequality as hard as I can for 10 years. Thank you to all who have helped me. I am redoubling my efforts—if I can just see past the tears in my eyes. I am wrecked.

I am also looking for hope—and I saw some today.

In Minnesota—a lot of us are Scandinavians who don’t know what to say when someone we care deeply about is overcome by grief and heartbreak.

And so what we do is, we bring food. That is happening today all over Minneapolis.

Hopes for healing and love and 5 loaves and 2 fishes in a sea of brown paper bags—after Minneapolis’ Sanford Middle School asked for 85 bags of groceries to feed students.

There are at least several thousand bags here! And traffic stacked in every direction, for blocks. (The extra will go to food shelves.) One man said he waited in line for over an hour to donate $500 worth of food and groceries.

What you can’t see in this photo is that heartfelt, heartbroken prayers—for healing and systemic change and for justice to roll down like a mighty river—are even more abundant than the bags on this sidewalk.

I believe that a good army is rising up. I believe that help is on the way.

Together, friends—let’s fight for what’s good, and beautiful, and right.

Love, Jeannie

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents, and she is the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Though College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

On Memorial Day, 2020—We Pledge to Make a Difference

On Memorial Day, 2020, we remember those who have risked their lives, and given their lives for us.

And we as adults pledge to make a difference.

We pledge to help build courage and character into the teens and 20-somethings we care about—so much so that they’re able to help bring about a more peaceful, more caring world.

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If we’re able to do this, we can make every future day a Memorial Day.

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It’s Catch-Up Week! Which of These Haven’t You Seen?

I’m spending Memorial Day having as much fun as I possibly can—and I hope you are too.

Whenever I take time off like this, I like to point you to some of my most helpful recent articles that you may have missed. This gives you a chance to catch up—right on a week when you may have a little extra time yourself.

Hear Me Interviewed on the FamVestor Podcast
See me live in my living room in Minnesota! Lots of ideas for parents of littles and older kids too. Listen while you’re cooking dinner.

Urgent Info for Parents of 9th Graders
Parents, do this now—and set yourself up to get way more financial aid money in 3 years.

Financial advising professionals—my understanding is that you should be able to send this article on to clients without creating a compliance issue, as long as you’ve discussed this topic with the client beforehand, and, when you send it, you include the suggestion that you meet to discuss it further on a future date. Thanks for being a hero to these families!

Applying for Scholarships During the Pandemic (ages 12–26)
This is a good idea, and I make it easy. Kids who see 4 minutes of my video will be hooked.

Hope for Your Kid’s Future During COVID-19
An academic strategist explains why it’s going to be OK.

And then the big one:

MUST-HAVE Student Loan Info for During the Pandemic.
(This one may be the most important one for you.)

If you’re currently paying down student loan debt—or if you’ve cosigned for someone else who is—I urge you—please click above and listen to the “Student Loan Lady,” Betsy Mayotte, being interviewed on the Death, Sex & Money podcast.

The interview takes just 25 minutes, and it’ll provide you the most current information on whether you do or do not have to pay on your particular student loans right now. (Betsy may keep you from making a mistake that could cost you thousands later.)

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How Will You Get Her Through College Debt-Free?

How will you get your daughter through college debt-free?

Step by step.

The same way you’ve gotten her through every other thing in life.

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For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids to one of life’s most monumental goals, it takes only 7 hours to read my book: 

You can get 10-minute, fast-paced video instruction on how to use this book most efficiently at bit.ly/easylaunchinstructions.

Hear my best strategies for parents of little kids in my interview on the FamVestor podcast.

You’ll find it here.

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Join Me Live Saturday—Get Inspiration About Scholarships

Join me live, online, on Saturday May 9th, 2020 for fresh inspiration on applying for scholarships.

Bring the kids (ages 12–26), and invite friends and family all over the U.S. to join you.

Easiest Way to Win College Scholarships—Starting in 8th Grade

Free Webinar

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
8:00 am PDT
10:00 am CDT
11:00 am EDT

This webinar is available at this specific time only, and will not be recorded or replayed. Registration is required. Register here.

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In less than one hour, I’ll be covering:

1. How to motivate students ages 12–26 to want to fill out scholarship applications. (For some of you, this one point alone will be worth thousands of dollars to you.)

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