Today I received a royalty statement and payment for my story in Love At Large for the first 6 months of 2010. I receive a tiny royalty from that short story every six months like clockwork. My royalties total just shy of $10 a year.
Go ahead and laugh. But a buck’s a buck.
More importantly, that not-quite $10 in royalties is proof that the book is still selling six years later. It’s available in both print and e-book formats. You won’t find it stores, only online, but it’s still out there and still being purchased by readers.
At the time I wrote "Love Bytes," I was at the beginning of my professional writing career and the only book I had out was Too Big To Miss. Now, with eighteen contracts spread across three series, of which six novels are already in print and one on the precipice of launching, I look back on this short story with warmth and fondness. It was one of my first born and it still makes me proud.
I’ve only had two short stories published. The other is "Ho Ho Homicide," an Odelia Grey short story written for a holiday anthology. The proceeds of that book went to charity. I’d like to do more short stories, but with deadlines for books coming at me every four months, it’s just impossible at this time. Instead, I will rejoice in Love at Large and Love Bytes, knowing that my very first short story is still making the rounds.
I guess books are like vampires – barring a stake in the heart, they never really die.