About Straight Talk for Teenage Girls
Straight Talk for Teenage Girls is information to help teen girls make better choices about life situations so they will grow to adulthood successfully. Topics include: self-esteem, dealing with emotions, making decisions, friendships with girls/boys, getting out of bad situations, handling mistakes and reaching goals. Because of the self-tests, case studies at each chapter and the 50 questions from real girls, adults who work with teens use the book for discussions. The information comes from classes taught in school for over 20 years. The book is up-beat, positive and easy to understand. The mission is to help all girls make choices that will lead to a happier life.
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Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
A: Straight Talk for Teenage Girls gives information on making choices in life situations. It is sensible ideas on problems all girls face with suggested answers so they can deal with the pressures. This was what I taught in public school and realized that ALL girls could benefit from this. Examples in the book: self-esteem, emotions, decisions, friendships with girls and boys, getting out of bad situations, handling mistakes and reaching goals. Each chapter has a self-test and case study for discussion. The mistake chapter has things to say and do, as well as, 800 numbers and websites for more information. The mission is for girls to make choices that will help them reach adulthood successfully.
Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
A: It was more a light bulb moment that “held on” until a friend “struck the match” and said I needed to write it and she would illustrate it for me
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: The title says how I teach – straight from the hip, no beating around the bush. Teens need no nonsense answers that can help them.
Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?
A: I had a couple interested, but they were a couple years out. I didn’t feel I could affordthe time with teens growing and changing. One of those companies told me about Author House to self- publish and I am pleased.
Q: Who reads you work in progress?
A: Of course, teenage girls – but also mothers, grandmothers, home school mothers, counselors, teachers, librarians and other adults who work with teens. The book is easy to use in discussions and they love self-tests.
Q: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
A: Author House does excellent work and my illustrator did the cover using local girls and my personality.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
A: I wrote it in a few months. Once I started, it just seemed to flow. All my experiences with teen girls come to the front.
Q: How long did it take from start to publication?
A: Only about 1-1 1/2 years
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: Follow your dream and remember that your success is up to you.
Thank you, Annette Fuson for visiting with Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour.
About the Author:
Annette Fuson has been a teacher of teenage girls for many years. She has a BS and MA degree in Education and has also taught at the college level. She is married and has a daughter and granddaughter. The book, “Straight Talk for Teenage Girls” is about topics she taught, where she learned that the changes taking place in teen girls’ lives make them confused, afraid and frustrated. The information taught gave them realistic ideas to help them deal with this stage of life. The classes and discussions were lively and positive. The girls wanted ideas, encouragement and sensible answers to what was bothering them. She used this knowledge to write the book when she saw so many girls needed this kind of help. Girls need all the ideas and help they can get from school, parents, church and other adults to make good decisions that can help mold them with a minimum of problems along the way. Annette has a self-help test and case study at each chapter. Girls love these and adults who work with teens use them for discussion. It is in everyone’s interest for all teenage girls grow to be happy and confident adults. To that goal is her mission with the book. She speaks and has taught workshops for teens and parents of teens where she has information sheets and tests on parenting. Annette has a business helping people look and dress their best for themselves and their careers. She gives presentations to businesses. But Annette Fuson’s true purpose it helping teenage girls. She has been chosen Citizen of the Year and Queen of Sales many times. These accomplishments show she is a leader and a “people person” that can make a difference in many lives.
You can visit her website at www.straighttalkforgirls.com.
Read the excerpt!
“Mistakes are normal. Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes don’t have to pull you down. You can learn from your mistakes. It is never too late to fix a mistake! Mistakes come from making bad or wrong decisions. They come from being with the wrong person or being easily led by them. Mistakes come from not thinking ahead or mostly not thinking…”Is this what’s best for ME?” You have NO control over other people, you only have control over yourself! Your mistakes will affect others too. You’ve learned in “Getting Out of Bad Situations” chapter that you have to learn to cope or take action when it comes to other people. Other people can’t use you without your permission. So you have made a big mistake, let’s learn from it and go on. It is NEVER too late to change, you just have to want to change. Let’s look at some mistakes and what you can do to change or help a friend change: Choosing Wrong Friends, Being Promiscuous, Drugs and Alcohol, Getting Pregnant, Molestation, Self-Injury/Cutting and Controlling/Abusive Boyfriends.”
Annette Fuson’s STRAIGHT TALK FOR TEENAGE GIRLS VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 will officially begin on March 1 and end on March 26. Please contact Tracee Gleichner at reviewfromhere(at)aol(dot)com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing her book during her virtual book tour. Thank you!