My husband took this picture of me and Minerva, my office assistant, yesterday in my horribly messy office. I thought it would help illustrate what I’ve been doing for the past few months.
My office is a wreck because I’ve been totally preoccupied with writing the second edition of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price.
I finished the book yesterday though technically I still have to write the acknowledgment page and I will have proofs to read, which won’t be tough. Every time I write a book it’s a challenge (I’ve written 7 if you count the two financial books that I ghost wrote), but this was a particular bear because I had less time to write it and I had lots more to say!
Practically an Entirely New Book
I am extremely proud of this book, which I estimate contains 90% new material. I wrote the original book back in 2007 when my daughter Caitlin was a college freshman so you can imagine that I’ve learned so much more since then.
My publisher expected me to perhaps replace a third of the book, but I ended up tearing it apart and redoing the whole darn thing. The 10% that I didn’t change much is at the back of the book and covers nuts and bolts stuff like college essays, college visits, interviews, admission timelines, which lots of other college books cover ad nauseum. In this back section, however, I did write entirely new chapters about high school counselors and independent college counselors, which I hope you find worthwhile.
My No. 1 aim of the new book (which is my favorite of all the ones that I’ve written) is to help parents and students become empowered consumers when they are weighing decisions for an investment that could be the second biggest ticket item of their lives. Sadly few families embark on this college odyssey knowing what the heck they are doing! My book, however, shows families how they can find wonderful schools and make them more affordable.
Here is what the cover of the second edition looks like:
If you’re wondering what school is on the cover, it’s Rhodes College in Memphis. Having lived in Memphis for three years right out of college, I was familiar with Rhodes’ beautiful campus with its collegiate architecture. My publisher wanted to go with a stock photo and kept sending me suggestions, but all of them were awful as far as I was concerned. I appreciate the good folks at Rhodes letting me use this photo that I found on The Colleges That Change Lives website.
The official release date of the second edition of The College Solution is May 24 and, if you’re interested, it’s available on Amazon for preorders for dirt cheap. The sticker price is $23.99, but it’s selling right now on Amazon for $12.61!
FYI, the information on Amazon about the second edition needs to be scrapped. Somebody just took the wording from my old book and slapped it on the new page. Getting that information updated is on my list of things to do.
With the book finished, this weekend I am so looking forward to cleaning my office!