Author Interview: The College Success Plan (plus book & gift card giveaway)

Welcome to Author Annette Bosley-Boyce

Annette Bosley-Boyce, founder and author of The College Success Plan™ is a passionate educator, life-long student, mother, and wife. Currently  the Director of Enrollment for the School of Evening and Graduate Programs at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, she has over twelve years of experience working as a part-time English professor and a college administrator.
Her teaching experience includes courses such as Introduction to College
English, English Composition, Elements of Effective Writing, Introduction to
Communications, and Seminar in Composing Autobiography. Her administrative
experience, having worked for four different colleges and universities, includes
admissions, academic advisement, career counseling, distance learning, residential life, and enrollment management.
Through her 12+ years of teaching and mentoring college students, she’s learned that many need more direction when it comes to planning for their future, especially before accruing oppressive student loan debt. This growing trend among college students is the reason for writing her first book and sharing her “practical” college planning strategy to parents and their college bound teens.

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Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?
Since the cost of a college education continues to rise at three times the rate of inflation, it’s important for teens to develop a college plan; my book will help teens save money by showing them how to research careers, apply for merit scholarships, and avoid student loan debt.

What is your favorite quote?
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ― Les Brown.   I love this quote because of its encouragement for us to be our very best selves.  There’s always a benefit to working hard and going after our dreams.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
During my elementary school years, I loved tap dancing and wanted to be a Radio City Music Hall Rockette.  In high school, I had dreams of being a Disc Jockey for one of our local radio stations.  I never would have thought I’d become a Director of Enrollment for a small Liberal Arts College!  Now, twenty years later, I’ve learned that my skills, interests, and career values have led me to the position I have today.  I was never very good at kicking my feet over my head, but I’m great at writing and encouraging others to go after their dreams.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
The best advice I’ve ever learned is “attitude is everything.”  If I wake up appreciative of all the blessings I have in life every morning, then my life feels full and not empty.  I remind myself that I can be happy every day; all I need to do is have the right attitude.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
Since my early years of high school, I always knew that writing was one of my best skills.  Once I started taking English classes in college, I knew that I would enjoy teaching writing someday, and perhaps, I would even write a book.  Unlike most authors, my desire to write a book didn’t come from an ability to tell a good story.  It came from a desire to help others.  As I learned more and more about the business of higher education and our current student loan debt crisis, I wrote this book with the goal of helping young people make good college, career, and financial choices so they could start their lives with an optimistic future—a future with a promising career with little to no burdensome loan debt.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I celebrated the sale of my first book the way I celebrate any achievement (both great and small)—with chocolate ice cream.  (Now that I think about it, I always find an occasion to eat chocolate ice-cream, especially with hot fudge!)

Print or eBook?
When I wrote this book, I made sure to make it available in both formats—print and digital.  My current eBook, designed for desktops, laptops, and tablets, contains form fields, so teens can type their answers to each of my lessons.  My hope is that all eBook readers will eventually have this type of functionality.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’ve only been published for about four months, but it’s been exciting to see information about my book in the paper, on Amazon, and/or on different websites.  Even more, it’s exciting to be able to speak at various libraries and high schools about my book and provide a book signing at the end.   So far, on at least three separate occasions, I’ve had the joy of hearing people whispering in the background about me in a positive way: “Hay, isn’t that the girl in the paper?  You know the one that wrote a book.”  It’s fun!!

Night owl or early bird?
Writing this book was not easy.  I started three years ago when my little boy was 6 months old, and I didn’t finish it until he was 3 and a half.  During my teen years, I may have been more of a night person, but now I am definitely an early bird.  This book would have never been accomplished if I didn’t force myself to get up at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning.  Getting up at this hour definitely sounds like a chore, but when you’re in the zone and you’re getting close to seeing your dream accomplished, it becomes easy to wake-up.  In fact, after a while, I woke up on my own (sometimes earlier) with the fever to get it finished.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I love questions like these.  I’ll be honest.  Although it seems like I spend every waking moment thinking about the future and my future goals, I think I would be more interested in traveling to the past.  I loved the show Little House on the Prairie and would be intrigued to see what it was like to live during those times (just for a few days). Also, I’d love to revisit past moments in my life that were blissful too—my college days, my months studying abroad in Spain, the day of my wedding, the day my little boy was born.  These are memories that I would relive in a heartbeat!

The College Success Plan

The College Success Plan™ is packed with tips and information on career planning, resume writing, college planning, scholarships, financial aid, and much, much more.  Filled with daily exercises to keep teens focused on creating their own blueprint for college and beyond, this book serves as a great resource for both teens and their parents.  Whether it is used alone or with the guidance of a parent or mentor, The College Success Plan™  is guaranteed to help teens understand more about themselves, their goals, their options for the future, and the steps they need to attend a college of their dreams!

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive a copy of The College Success Plan & a $20 Amazon Gift Card
Open to US only
Ends 10/17/12

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