July 25, 2012 11:20:20
Posted By Michelle Birbeck
There was a monumental occasion last night in my house. And another one this morning.
After a bit of a rough weekend involving ambulances, emergencies, and goodbyes to friends who are leaving the country, both these occasions have brought a much needed smile to my face.
The first was that I got paid! An actual payment of actual royalties from something I wrote. My first royalty payment for making stuff up. So what did I do with the money I got? I spent it. All of it. In about twenty minutes.
As it wasn’t a huge amount of money and there’s no chance of me having to pay tax any time soon, I decided to treat myself. Not to shoes or a new top, and not to a holiday or anything expensive. I got five new books. They’re all for my collectible cabinet, and though I spend very little on them, they’re worth about seven times what I paid. They’re also all books I’ve read in the past, and the copies I’ve bought will not be getting read. But I bought them with money I earned for making up my own book, so it seemed fitting that I spend it on books. Also, I’ve been working on a couple of the collections I’m now adding to for years, so I’m even more excited now!
The second thing that happened is the book trailer for The Last Keeper. It’s here on youtube, and was the second book trailer I ever made. Now, I’ve been watching the numbers go up a little bit at a time since I posted the video. And over the last few weeks I’ve been watching it inch closer and closer to a big target of mine. 1000 views. Not just 500, or 700, but that extra digit of 1000. This morning, when I logged on, there it was, 1000 views exactly!
So there we have it, an exciting couple of days!