Fiction Focus: Andy Hueller’s ‘How I Got Rich Writing C Papers’

January is nearly here, which means our first fiction titles of the new year will be released in less than two weeks!

Andy Hueller’s “How I Got Rich Writing C Papers” is the first of our January titles to get the Fiction Focus spotlight. Keep reading for a sneak peek at the book, which is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com and will be in book stores on Jan. 8, 2013.

EXCERPT:

Near the end of first-period English class, Mrs. Hillberry hands back essays she graded. The one with my name has a B written on the top of the front page. Mrs. Hillberry, you got it right, I think. The paper deserves a B. I survey the room. Lisa Kent””the ever-beautiful Lisa Kent with the big brown eyes””has an essay with an A on it, of course. Bill Thompson’s has a B-minus, too high a grade. Sidney Little’s grade isn’t on the front. Mrs. Hillberry obviously didn’t want toexpose Sidney to any embarrassment a low grade might cause her. I watch Sidney flip to the back of her essay, where she finds her D-plus. Good. I smile to myself. Hey””it’s what she paid for.

I tell Sid just this when she approaches me after class. “And I don’t talk business inside this building, either,” I add. I look over both my shoulders. I admit, it’s not just business that has me on edge. I’m a bit anxious all the time these days, expecting someone to step out from behind a locker and shoot me in the face with a foam dart. It’s against the rules to carry out a hit inschool, but it’s happened in past years and has led to controversial decisions about whether or not passing time counts as “in school.”

“I know, I know. I was coming to say thank you. As long as I pass this class, I’ll graduate with my friends.” Sid L. is my newest customer.

“Well, if you ever want something more,” I whisper, “you know, a higher grade, maybe think about skipping a day or two of school to pick up extra shifts at Terry’s.” She’s been ringing up groceries since last summer. “I know we’re running out of time, but you still have three essays to turn in. You could earn a couple C-pluses and finish the year with a B essay. Bs aren’t cheap, but they make grandparents happy.”

“Yeah. Maybe. Let me think about it.”

It’s the wise response. As I told Sid, Bs aren’t cheap.

2 thoughts on “Fiction Focus: Andy Hueller’s ‘How I Got Rich Writing C Papers’

  • December 27, 2012 at 9:53 am
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    This sounds like a fun book. THANKS for the post.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

    • January 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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      Thanks for the interest, Elizabeth!

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