Yesterday, I was having a really BAD morning. It was meltdown time. Tears, noseblowing, the works. And then I came home and found an envelope from one of my publishers in the mailbox.
No, it didn't take away from my upset, but it did make me smile. Why? Not because it was a huge check. It wasn't. In fact, it was for $9.04. But since the audiobook for Murder on The Mind had only been out about two weeks before the end of the royalty period, and most publishers won't even cut a check for less than $25 -- I was delighted to see anything. (Hubby suggested I take him to McDonalds for lunch.)
Mind you, there was absolutely no promotion for the audiobook. I haven't done much because -- how do you promote it? (And if you have any ideas on that, I would LOVE to hear it.) So getting a royalty check is pretty amazing.
Next month I hope to get a much bigger royalty check for my better selling books. I'm looking forward to that. (There's a roof that needs fixing, etc.) But that doesn't take away from the pleasure I got from that little check, because Murder On The Mind is the little book that could. It came out as a hardcover that did not sell well. It came out as a paperback and sold over 21,000 copies. Now it's out in audio and as a Kindle download. Just this morning, I got an e-mail from a reader in Canada who'd found the book. I'm so pleased that people are still discovering the Jeff Resnick series. And despite the series currently being on hiatus, I haven't given up that all the books (including the two that haven't yet been published) will find a bigger audience.
I'm crossing my fingers as hard as I can.