I’ve been publishing my fiction for over a year now, and I’m one of the lucky few who receives a royalty check every month. It’s not an enormous sum of money, but it keeps the family is gas and toothpaste.
Earlier today, I checked my payments records and discovered I had another check coming my way. Giddily clicking the link to see how much I’d be getting, I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw $2.80 in the total box.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Still, it means I’ve sold a couple of books, and I feel fortunate in that. I know folk who publish their work to a resounding silence. I can’t imagine working as hard as I do on my writing only to see it sit–unread–on an obscure Amazon page.
I do not write for money, but neither do I return the royalties when they come my way. I’m no blockhead. Why this month’s check was so low, I’m not sure, but it has spurred me to work harder at marketing my work. Sure, I typically see more than $2.80, but I would hate for that low sum to become the norm.
I suppose that’s why the going wisdom dictates that a writer not look at his payments on a daily basis. If I saw a lowball sum everyday, I’m sure the quality of my writing would take a woeful hit.
Ah, well. I’ve faith that next month’s royalties will be better.
Speaking of my work: I’m proud to announce that I’ve another story in the wonderful anthology, Robbed of Sleep: Volume 5, called Anemone. I consider this the best addition to the series, and I encourage you to purchase it soon. I’ve read it cover to cover, and the tales therein blew me away. It’s too bad some of the contributing writers aren’t making the big bucks, as they have the talent to do so. Then again, RoS might not be as magical as it is without said authors, so I’m glad to be counted among them.
Go to Blog and Buy on this website and click the link beneath the Robbed of Sleep: Volume 5 cover to relocate to the book’s Amazon page. If that’s too much work for you, click the cover itself below this post for the same service.
I’ve more projects in the pipeline, so check back often to see what’s new here. Till then, happy Fall. It won’t be long before the stifling heat and summer things are replaced by chilly evenings, pumpkins, and the crackle of leaves blowing across the sidewalks. All very nice. I’ve an anthology of personal stories of horror and strange fiction that would go well with this time of year–Odd Men Out. Find it over in the Blog and Buy section.
In the meantime, though, here’s the link to the new Robbed of Sleep. Enjoy!