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A marketer, publicist, editor and publisher, most recently at HarperStudio and HarperCollins her book, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT, which Harmony Books will publish in February, is not just about her experience taking the SAT seven times in one year or about the vast amount of SAT information she presents that will be helpful for students, their parents and guidance counselors for book industry veteran Debbie Stier. The guide is at heart about ‘the secret of learning with my son,’ as she put it.
The Ideal Score Project started when Stier contemplated her son’s college options partway through senior high school. ‘He had trouble concentrating,’ she said. ‘He was into having enjoyable and sports that are doing. He also possessed a lot of bad fortune in high school: he had mono and had concussions that are multiple. He had B grades but no honor classes and not numerous extracurricular activities. We knew he was smart, and I also thought the SAT will make him stand a bit out.’
The two had already worked closely together once they both read every book ‘thousands of pages, including the Odyssey and Mark Twain,’ she said that her son had been assigned the summer before he used in Fordham Prep, Bronx, N.Y. ‘At the dinning table by the end of this day talking about the publications with him was magic,’ she stated.
In the way that is same Stier decided to help her son with the SAT process but also for her, there were no half measures. She took the test seven times that year. (It’s provided seven times annually.) Having a little bit of understatement, she said, ‘I got a bit possessed.’ Nonetheless it had been a happy possession.
Studying for and taking the SAT and trying to improve her ratings ended up being fun, she said, ‘like doing a crossword.’ Soon she caused it to be fun for her son, too. (‘They resist at first, but they do like it.’) Her son was also helped by a competition that is buddyly a friend and did a practice test every weekend along with studying with Stier. The effect: he raised his score 540 points. Stier noted this with some pride, however emphasized the miracle of the effort. ‘My son and I talked about politics and literary works, and I also learned so much reading their essays,’ she said. More over, ‘he reached his potential and expanded into a driven young man.’
In terms of her own scores yes, she was counting during her seven tests in 2011, Stier raised her rating 301 points over the results whenever she first took the SAT in 1982. In one of the seven times, she was happy to obtain a perfect 800 on the writing part; she also scored a 760 in critical reading. The math section was a various tale. ‘I just about got the same score in math,’ she said, the concept of which is that ‘no amount of test prep will assist if you don’t have solid skills.’
Through the procedure, she accidentally became an SAT expert, studying the annals of the SAT (which, until the ’70s, the College Board advertised was an IQ test for which no studying was useful), the prep that is various, including Kaplan and Princeton, tutoring issues and much more.
A role she has embraced through her blog, perfectscoreproject.com, and some appearances, Stier quickly became a resource for students, parents and guidance counselors. ‘I like speaing frankly about the SAT and helping people through a stressful time,’ she stated. She had expected parents to be the audience that is biggest, but ‘a good portion of those on the site and who write me are kids.’ She’s also discovered that among parents, more often dads get the message of learning intensely for the SATs with their children. ‘It is time intensive, but it’s incredibly rewarding and gratifying,’ she said. ‘Parents who don’t study making use of their kids are missing most of the good stuff.’
Like anybody with book business experience whom becomes an author, Stier has seen a different side of things that seemed so simple before. One example: blogging. ‘ I want to apologize to all of the authors we have told to blog she said with a laugh while they write. Although she blogged every day the year she took the SATs, she found it impossible to blog during the year and a half she was writing the guide as it was such an effective distraction from writing science fiction reflection essay outline. (She wound up ‘turning off the phone, locking myself in the basement, blocking off the globe,’ in order to complete the book.)
‘A marketer at heart,’ Stier has also discovered it ‘hard to be on the other part and never micromanage. We reside three blocks away from my publisher; I’ll try my best perhaps not to bug them.’ (Also, she said that she’s all too aware that things have changed dramatically in marketing since she left Harper in 2010.) She said she actually is blessed by the team at Harmony Books, many of whom she’s worked with before or knows through the industry, including v-p and publisher Tina Constable, who was president regarding the PPA within the early ’90s when Stier was v-p associated with organization, and her editor, Rick Horgan, with whom she worked in the belated ’80s at Warner Books. ‘they are loved by me,’ she said. ‘God is on my part. How lucky am I?’
Stier is also stoked up about another aspect of the book: the audiobook, which she will narrate. ‘ I love sound, and I especially love audio that’s read by the author.’ The narration is likely to make her ‘relive the 12 months,’ she said. ‘It was a difficult 12 months, but a year that is great. I’ll remember it, and my son will not either.’
Ever the publisher, Stier said her guide in regards to the SATs could score high for Harmony. ‘Three million kids per are taking the SAT,’ she said year. ‘It’s a group that keeps regenerating. It’s an evergreen market of people We can help.’
In a bookend that is nice Stier’s tale, her son just began college at Loyola University Maryland, which both mother and son say is a superb fit for him an 800 out of a possible 800.