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I’m Not Stressed About College Admissions, Why Are You?

July 27th, 2010 · 20 comments

I’m not stressed about college admissions, why are you?

Pub Day Arrives

I don’t want to belabor the point, so I’ll be brief. My new book, How to Be a High School Superstar, comes out today. You can read more about it here and here and here, or read an excerpt here. You can buy it here or at major bookstores. (If they’re sold out, tell them, so they’ll increase their order!)

My pitch is brief:

  • If you appreciate my philosophy and have a family member, friend, or relative in high school, please consider buying them a copy. 
  • If you like what you read, please consider adding an Amazon review to encourage others to follow suit. I’m following a strict no-fake-review policy for this book, so I’m leaving it to real readers to give honest opinions.
  • If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, perhaps tell your followers and friends it’s something worth looking into. An easy way to spread the word, for example, is to post a link titled “I’m not stressed about college admissions, why are you?” that connects back to the Amazon page for the book.

More importantly:

I can’t thank you enough for your support. This book literally wouldn’t exist without the extended and intelligent conversation I’ve had you, my Study Hacks readers, over the past three years.

Now back to writing…

(Note: The excellent artwork for this post was done by Arturas Petkevicius, an excellent freelance designer who you can contact here. If you want to help spread the word about my book, please feel free to post the image on your Facebook page or blog; send me a link if you do, so I can pass along my thanks.)

20 thoughts on “I’m Not Stressed About College Admissions, Why Are You?

  1. Good luck with the book launch! I will be recommending it to any high school students I know.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You might want to suggest to your publisher to do the “Look Inside!” feature on Amazon. I “look inside” almost all books I buy on Amazon beforehand.

  3. Tyler says:

    Cal, just a note, your first here in “You can read more about it here and here and here…” is a broken link (http twice)

    Good luck with the launch!

  4. Chris Frank says:

    Congratulations and good luck! Can’t wait to read and share with students.

  5. Eder Santana says:

    It would be good if you had a button to allow us to twitt a link to your posts, like those in online journals…

  6. Caylynn says:

    Congratulations on the new book! I hope it does well. I have certainly appreciated your straight-A book and this site.

  7. Greg says:

    Cal, your strategies have helped me in my undergraduate career immensely. I’ve got three daughters, with the oldest starting high school this year. I got each of them a copy of “How to Be a High School Superstar” on the way from Amazon.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Amy Champ says:

    Cal–
    I just wanted to say thanks. THANK YOU~!!
    After I read the post on the kid who spoke at the UN conference in South Africa,
    I decided to apply to a couple of conferences myself.
    I ended up going to Toronto to speak at a pretisgious conference in my field,
    then flew over to England ~ where I spoke at a conference at University of Cambridge.
    In three weeks–
    I spent a week studying in Cambridge libraries for my dissertation,
    Researched at the British Library and Society for Oriental and African Studies at University of London,
    Then spent my final week at University of Oxford in their Oriental Reading rooms.
    The final day in Oxford was a meeting with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies,
    who apparently are excited to look at and possibly publish my research.

    I have to say without a doubt that this is all due to Study Hacks.
    I decided to completely change the way that I approached things,
    and simply go for The Best of Everything.

    Hopefully, it will all work out and I will get a good job after my dissertation gets written this year.

    Thanks Again!

  9. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it and giving a copy to my siblings. I wish for them to have a better time than me in high school. Nice image btw.

  10. Study Hacks says:

    Cal, just a note, your first here in “You can read more about it here and here and here…” is a broken link (http twice)

    Fixed!

    You might want to suggest to your publisher to do the “Look Inside!” feature on Amazon. I “look inside” almost all books I buy on Amazon beforehand.

    I’ll pass that along. In the meantime, my college admissions articles here should give you a sense of the type of content and style I use.

  11. Study Hacks says:

    The final day in Oxford was a meeting with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies,
    who apparently are excited to look at and possibly publish my research.

    Fantastic story! Now go spread the word that this stuff works! 🙂

    Thank to you to everyone passing along their congratulations and buying the book. Please let me know what you think (perhaps as an Amazon review?).

  12. After reading your M. Gladwell-style, insightful post at Tim’s blog I read 5 of your posts here and believe your insights are helpful for people at any age.
    In this increasingly connected and complex world, the natural next step is to collaborate in smart ways with others, using your main talents to accomplish greater things than you could on your own. In my talks on collaboration I am going to cite this book. It would seek that P. Trunk would tout it too. I wish you had a feedblitz or other by-email option to subscribe.

  13. The book finally arrived! I started reading immediately, and of course I liked it. First I recommended it to the lawyer I had lunch with, whose daughter is just entering high school. Then I posted with links to the book’s Amazon page both on my profile on Facebook and on the page for my business, BarWrite. If all your Study Hacks readers follow these suggestions of yours, Cal, you should be well into your second printing by the time your target audience starts back to school.

  14. I spend much time on reading this,and learn more.

  15. Study Hacks says:

    After reading your M. Gladwell-style, insightful post at Tim’s blog I read 5 of your posts here and believe your insights are helpful for people at any age.
    … I am going to cite this book. It would seek that P. Trunk would tout it too. I wish you had a feedblitz or other by-email option to subscribe.

    Thanks Kare! You should consider dropping a note to Penelope, it might mean more coming from a reader than from me!

    If all your Study Hacks readers follow these suggestions of yours, Cal, you should be well into your second printing by the time your target audience starts back to school.

    Thank you Mary. It means a lot to me that you like it. I can only hope that all of my readers will feel inspired to spread the word with the same vigor!

  16. Study Hacks says:

    The book finally arrived! I started reading immediately, and of course I liked it

    By the way, please consider adding an Amazon review. The feedback I get from readers tell me that authentic reviews make a big difference in their buying decision!

  17. I tell my students, “If you don’t like my book, tell me, and if you do like my book, tell Amazon.” Review coming right up!

  18. Mitch says:

    Hi Cal,

    Just wondering if there is a delay in getting the book here in Canada? There doesn’t seem to be any inventory of the book in any Chapter/Indigo branch in Toronto. I ordered a copy into a Chapters, and the expected date of arrival is August 27th.

  19. Study Hacks says:

    Just wondering if there is a delay in getting the book here in Canada?

    I hadn’t heard anything about a delay, but it’s possible that Canada was working on a later time line. Thanks for having them order a copy, maybe that will spur them into more urgent action.

  20. Amanda says:

    Hi Cal,
    I’m right now in high school and I am really interested in biology, but I have NO clue where to go with that. What organizations do you think will help me for innovative development? I’ve read your book, but I can’t seem to find a community I can join. Thanks in advance!

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