Thursday, August 17, 2006

Royalties: Great Timing!

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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.


WomanHonorThyself said...

Aw u deserve it Benning!..congrads again!..heck u made it to a library !!

benning said...


Thanks, Angel. :D

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Those royalties are more than what is in my wallet; I wouldn't poo poo it - it is quite an accomplishment nonetheless and something to be very proud of.

Sorry I haven't visited lately....I have been swamped....Tell those peasants in the painting to quit slacking off and get back to WORK!!!!

benning said...

You tell them! I never give women orders!

Anonymous said...

Just don't forget us little people when you become the world-famous author!


Anonymous said...

Well the book is enroute, can't wait to check out. :)

camojack said...

So, how do I go about getting a signed copy then, mon ami?

Brooke said...

Ooh, a signed copy! Tell us how!

CONGRATS! You should be proud!

Always On Watch said...

$48 may not be a royalty in the same company as Stephen King (one of my favorite authors, BTW), but it's better than nothing.

I see mention of a signed copy. Email me with details?

benning said...

AOW: Yep! That little check will allow me to pay the rent come September 1rst. I ain't sneezing at it!

Anyone interested in an autographed copy, check out this post.