Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Forgive me for being a little bit silly for a moment, but I must squee.

My first advance check came in the mail.

Like most authors, I don't do this for the money. I would write--and have been writing--no matter what. Regardless of whether it's read, whether it's loved, whether it's paid for, I am writing. But there comes a time in the life of a professional author when someone decides her ideas, her craft, her thoughts are worth paying for, and I have to say it's . . . sort of a whammy. In a good way.

There will be more of these checks, of course . . . this is just an advance, and if all goes well the book will sell awesomely and I'll be getting more of these thin sheets of validation, but this is a first in my life. I've been paid to write. Someone bought my book. A publisher decided my words were valuable enough to exchange for dollars. And readers will indicate that they want to digest my ideas by paying for a nicely packaged version of those words.

I'm a bona fide professional at the thing I most love to do in the whole world.

Clearly this requires that I demonstrate spotless decorum in the public arena forever after.

Okay, not really.

Yes, you're supposed to use the money to buy food,
then eat the food. But I cut out the middleman.


  1. Congratulations!!! That is so awesome! As an asexual I have to say there are not enough books out there on the subject and I await the publication joyfully.

    BTW: I think the food would be more filling. lol

    1. Thank you so much. :) There are definitely not enough books out there. There's just a sort of low-key self-published one and a textbook. Made it kind of easy to suggest my topic wouldn't have much competition. ;)

      I'll try the food-buying thing with the next check, radical as it may sound.

  2. Congratulations! That first check is always awesome. I didn't get an advance until my third book, but that first royalty check for the first book was awesome.

    1. Thank you Alex! This is my first advance AND my first book published, so I'm dealing with a lot of firsts here! I'm looking forward to the royalty part. >:)

  3. Congratscongratscongrats!!! :D I can't even think about what to say other than the obvious: this is awesomeeeeeeee. And you must be so proud and elated and and and and and--ahhhh.

    I'm so happy for you! :3