Thursday, August 17, 2006
Royalties: Great Timing!
My book came out in May of this year. That's in the middle of the Second Quarter. I got this letter in the mail Tuesday. Now, isn't that a nice thing to find among the bills and junk mail? You betcha!
No, it isn't a huge amount, but then I don't have a bestseller, a Stephen King hit. But for a new author and a small publisher, I think it's respectable. Some of the first copies were purchased by my fellow writers at Writers Village University, folks who helped critique the early drafts, encouraged me along the way.
And, of course, my family has bought a few, too! In fact my Mother has pushed the book wherever she goes. So right now, "Benning's War" is in the Church Library, in Tarpon Springs, where my parents worship.
I appreciate all of you who have already purchased the book! If you enjoy it, please spread the word! Ask your local library to order a few copies, why don'cha? Recommend it to friends and family. Who knows? Perhaps in time it will capture the notice of the NYTimes Bestseller list! Heheheee!
So now I have $48 in royalties which means I can pay my water/sewage/trash bill. And survive until the next paycheck, right? Yes, I'm going to cash that check! Yes, I scanned it and saved the image to my computer. One of these days, when I can afford to buy an ink cartridge, I'll print that thing and tack it up on the wall - my first royalty check! - and remember when.