Sunday, June 3, 2012

Big royalty check

Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high. This is also true when it comes to sales. Unfortunately, I’m obsessed with checking my sales numbers so my emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next. Today is a good day however, even if I end up having no sales. Why? Because I just received my largest royalty check yet from KDP. It isn’t just the amount that excites me (and it’s a pretty good chunk) it’s the fact that I’m only receiving about sixty-fives cents a book in royalties. That means that hundreds upon hundreds of people have purchased copies, which for me, is the reason I write. Sure, I’m happy for a big check, but I think for many artists and musicians having an audience for your work is as soul-satisfying as hitting it big. If I never write another word, I’ll always be happy in the knowledge that all the time I’ve spent alone writing has been worth it. I wish I could express how it feels to not only entertain readers with stories that I love telling, but for readers to think highly enough of my work to shell out their hard earned cash to retain a copy for themselves. Thanks to all my readers for making this possible. I do have two big sponsorship coming up this month, both on Kindle Nation Daily. One is for SILENT INVASION on June 16th, and the other is for DROP OUT on June 29th. I’m hoping the timing of these will coincide with the start of the nation’s vacation season and push my books to a new level of sales and an even bigger royalty check next quarter.