A doable 5-part plan to engage the teenage mind.

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A woman in a hoodie, sitting a a business’s open window, leans away from view. A sign over her head says, “Always busy.”
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…okay, but mostly work

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Tattoos on the back of an arm. The words “hard work” appear on a hammer with a skull underneath.
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  • It’s a near statistical impossibility for a self-published book to get picked up by a New York publisher. Dead Inside was originally self-pubbed. It’s now with a New York publisher.
  • An unknown writer snagging a…


Put readers in your skin. Let them live your life.

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A human hand raised into the air as the human faces an unwinding roller coaster ride.
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Relive the experience yourself.


Take their phone away? Preposterous. Do this instead.

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The exact steps I took to write my award-winning memoirs

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Hand holding a piece of glass reflecting an eye and eyebrow.
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What I see on screens and what I see in real life are two different realities

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My self-published book got me an agent and a two-book deal.

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Girl with pink hair and tattoos writes with chalk on sidewalk.
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What is the Punk Ethos?


I’m utterly shameless. My memoirs win awards. There’s something to this.

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Woman with wrinkles and rings smoking cigarette.
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Reason #1: The Lucrative.


…and keep your money in your own pocket.

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Graffiti art of Bugs Bunny leaning on a wall with blue paint splashes beside him.
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I was saved by strangers like you.

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Girl looks up at camera with one hand on her face and one hand in the air.
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Cyndy Etler

Award-winning author. Certified teen life coach. Fledgling optimist. As seen on CNN, HuffPost, NPR, CBS, ABC. www.cyndyetler.com

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