Just because I'm an unknown writer of more than 91 paperback books (87 still in print), doesn't mean I have to be a forgotten author in more than one generation or that I wasted all that money earning my M.A. in English/creative writing emphasis (and B.S. in English education/creative writing) many years ago. You can still read some of my books. Just because a gal gets older, doesn't mean she's over the hill when she never had the chance to climb the magic rope trick of success in the first place.
My paperback novels and various nonfiction books such as Social Smarts Strategies That Earn Free Book Publicity: Don't Pay to Market Your Writing, Mar 28, 2006, and many others are still available if anyone wants to produce them as stage plays or movies at no cost to me as a low income senior citizen who rarely leaves her house because there are so many good books to read.
Ethno-Playography: How to Create Salable Ethnographic Plays, Monologues, & Skits from Life Stories, Social Issues...July 27, 2007. My play (copyrighted by me) also is published in my paperback book, Ethno-Playography, just in case anyone wants to produce it online, on radio or video, or on stage at no cost to me at any time: The play is at this "Growing up near Coney Island during WWII and in the two decades after" website.