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December 2, 2013

The writing life (don't quit your day job just yet)


Above, a royalty check I received Friday from iUniverse, where I self-published (2002) my last book.

It is — by far — the fattest royalty check I've ever received in the 11 years since the book appeared.

I wonder what's going on all of a sudden, to precipitate this sudden onslaught of cash into my coffers?

Publishing and its associated issues are a black hole as far as authors are concerned: doesn't matter if you're self-published or have a "real" agent and publisher and editor and what-not: you're pretty much guaranteed to fail — not only in terms of ever getting your book read by people other than your family and friends and those to whom you give a copy, but also when it comes to seeing money.

Are your eyes closed?

'Cause you must be dreaming....

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What a writer likes to write most is his name on the back of a check.

Posted by: PT | Dec 3, 2013 10:15:17 AM

(1) I don't think that I would mess around with J.P. Morgan's account and routing number - the account is, without a doubt, ACH-blocked, and has a cap on distribution - to name but a few safeguards those Banksters have in place.

(2) I'm shocked, shocked I say! I know that your Amazon ranking on this wonderful tome took a huge jump back in the paperback day. I'd have thought that jump would have taken your royalties much higher.

(3) So, those of us who pestered you into publishing the ebook did you a $33 favor. Ok, for my next bit of life-altering literary advice: change your subject matter to the poorly-written, erotic-romance, Twilight fan-fiction, genre - call it "Fifty Scratchers" by G. Cat.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 3, 2013 4:42:16 AM

Throwing the image out there so anyone could forge it if they wanted!

I like your style!

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 2, 2013 1:21:33 PM

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