In yesterday’s blog I talked about setting goals and said that I would be achieving a goal I had worked toward for quite a while now sometime yesterday, and that I would tell you about it today. I hope you don’t think I’m bragging, but it’s something I have looked forward to for a long time and something that many of you had a part in helping me accomplish.
I got a notice yesterday morning that I had accumulated over $1,000,000 in earned royalties from my books since I started putting them on Amazon back in May of 2011. That’s quite an achievement for any author, especially an independent author like myself with no agent or publisher.
In all that time, I’ve only had a couple of paid ads. All of my promotion has been done through my blog, my author’s newsletter, on social media, and from readers like all of you who have bought my books, told your friends and family about them, posted links to my new books on your own social media pages, mentioned them in your blogs, shared them with your book clubs, and left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
Without all of you, my wonderful proofreaders, and of course Miss Terry, who is not only the brains but the beauty in this outfit, it would have never happened. That lady has edited my work, corrected my mistakes, encouraged me every step of the way, and taken on most of the work of keeping our home and business running smoothly so I can concentrate on the writing end of things. As I used to say back when we were hosting our Gypsy Journal RV rallies, without her I’d just be a fat guy standing around telling jokes. Thank you, everybody, I love you all. And thank you, Terry, I love you the mostest!
So besides buying the new truck on Thursday, how did we celebrate achieving the goal? Part of yesterday was spent getting the insurance canceled on the Explorer and getting coverage put on the new Laramie and then trying to help a weekly drawing winner who’s having a problem downloading the code for the audiobook she won, since Audible.com seems to be having a brain fart.
Then we went to Lindley’s Nursery because Terry has wanted an avocado tree and they called to say they finally got some in after a year. We were ready to purchase one when one of the staff members there told us that since we only live 800 yards from the Intracoastal Waterway, which is salt water, they wouldn’t recommend it because the trees are not salt tolerant. If we lived a couple of miles inland we would be okay, but this close, she said we might not have much success with it. We appreciate people who are honest with us. Some businesses will just take your money and not care. That’s why we go back to Lindley’s for all of our gardening needs.
We’ve been very fortunate, and we believe it’s important to give something back to the world. A while back I showed you some of the toys I had ordered for our community’s annual Christmas toy and food drive. After we left Lindley’s, we stopped at Publix and bought a bunch of food to go with the toys, which will be picked up this evening.
I have to admit that when we first started looking at new trucks, I was not wild about the idea of a four-door truck. But over time I came to see its benefits, which was born out yesterday loading all the groceries into the Laramie. The back seats fold up and there’s a tremendous amount of room in there. I was impressed. I was even more impressed that Terry actually let me drive it. She is nice to me that way.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This one comes from our pals Larry and Joyce Space.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Buck Fever, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s immensely popular Blanco County mystery series. If you’re not a fan of Ben’s books you have no idea what you are missing out on. Wacky characters, great humor, and superb writing. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Living well is the best revenge.