So I had my first royalty cheque today! It’s a landmark moment, so I thought it was a good topic to finally get back to posting.
Its been a while, I know, but the return to work after the the First Covid wave has been absolutely insane. Yes, I am still working! Shock horror, I know ! But it’s been hard going in the hospitality world with all these restrictions, and the general public being the same mass of morons (except for your guys!) that they were before all this nonsense.
But maybe I’ll save that rant for another post.
This one is going to be about my getting paid for my writing! Legitimate money for my words. Amazing, isn’t it.
Now, I should point out that my first two royalty cheques have been for £0.28p and £3.77 respectively. But still, it’s money, right? In a time of economic uncertainty people have parted with their cash to buy my words. That, frankly, is astonishing. I never expected to make a mint from my story, but to sell anything is actually quite something.
And I’ve sold fifty copies of the book! Almost all of these have been the eBook download version but even so, that means that fifty copies are circulating in the world. To strangers, people I’ve never met, who have never been influenced by my fanfiction or anything. That is the most surprising thing.
Because its probably a load of old shit. My vanity made flesh. But still, my name is in the kindle libraries of fifty-odd people. And they come from diverse places: the USA, India, Brazil. Brazil!! How? Its great, really.
So, does this make me a real writer now?
That’s the question, isn’t it? I’ve smashed through the one million fan fiction reads barrier and am pushing on towards the next million now! But now I have fifty original novel views too, which is worth infinitely more. I’m still learning with regards to marketing and advertising, and I may never reach the golden target of three-figure downloads, but it’s still a goal to aim for.
So here’s to my tiny slice of success. Let it be a lesson to all of you out there who think you cant do it. If a serial procrastinator like me can get it done, you can too. Just remember, the blank page is more afraid of you that you are of it, and nobody reads an unwritten story.
So get to it!