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It’s hard to get started as a writer and most authors don’t pull in a lot of money quickly unless they and  their books are well-known. This takes hard work,  time, and patience. I’ve recently been enlightened on how to make a million dollars writing, and since I’m now considered an author, though not famous yet,  with two books under my belt and one in progress, it will be a piece of cake.

This stupendous idea came to me when H and I visited the campus book store at the college. He’s taking a class for re-certification so he can keep teaching. I know – he just retired!  He keeps saying he’ll go back if the right job opens up. We’ll see. But anyway, it gets him out of the house for two mornings a week and his brain is getting a workout so I won’t complain.

He’s the “old man” in the class. The rest of the students are babies compared to him. He could also probably teach the class since he has his doctorate.

H had already rented a used textbook for this theory class and bought the workbook from Amazon. The teacher has now decided they will be using a sight-singing book for some of their tests, one of which he doesn’t have.

Now, this class he is taking is Theory II. He took it way back when he was first in college, but since he only needed the credits to re-certify he is allowed to take it again. The other students had taken Theory I last semester, already had the sight singing book, and would probably use it again for Theory III and Theory IV. They were getting their money’s worth.

So are you ready for this grand idea of mine? Here it is –

I’ll write a textbook! 

On what subject – I haven’t yet decided, but that’s where  all the money is. In textbook sales. It will need to be on a subject that won’t take up too much of my time with research since I really would rather finish my current fiction book project. The money looks good though.

The cost of textbooks these days are outrageous! You can buy the new sight-singing book H suddenly needed halfway through the term, for $114.00 plus tax, or rent a used one for $47.00 plus tax. It’s a book he will never have any use for again so the practical thing was to rent. Of course there were no used copies available.

Oh, but wait! Look here! You can also rent new copies – at $102.00. What!? You do the math. Where do those figures even make sense? For $12.00 more he can buy the book and sell it back for half price if its been kept in good shape. You get $0.00 back when you rent and if you forget to return it in the specified amount of time, they charge your credit card for the full amount of the book. Believe me, I know. Andrew was always forgetting to return his rented books, resulting in an exorbitant charge on his card he wasn’t expecting – then it was too late. 

The teacher for this class is a colleague of  H’s and they have worked together before. His thought on the matter was this. “If it had been me teaching this class and Dr. “blah-blah-blah” was the student and I knew she was only taking the class to re-certify, I would have made her a copy of the pages she needed and not make her purchase a useless book!”

Yes, our thinking is on the same track with this one! But of course, teachers can’t play favorites, can they?

Who needs a slightly used sight singing book for next semester – half price?


About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

3 responses »

  1. Excellent idea, Elle. I’d do the same if I knew anything to write about!

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  2. Good idea!

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