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.
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.