The First Royalty Cheque
Last summer I had an idea. As well as writing up my trip walking Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, why not make a downloadable version available as well?
Whilst walking the hills, I thought about it a bit more. I already knew that you could self publish books for the Amazon Kindle using Amazon’s own website. So why not make the the whole thing available to buy for the Kindle?
The value of the cheque certainly isn’t going to pay my mortgage for the next year – even less so once Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have had their slice – however it’s a pleasing sight.
When I first published One Coast To Another, I really did have no idea whether anyone would ever buy it. Amazon don’t send out the cheques until you’ve built up a certain amount of cash (£75 for UK sales, which I just managed to scrape together) and I had this image of having sold around three copies and having a tenner in the account that I could never access.
What I do with my royalties is another question. It does occur to me that there may be something I should buy. See, rather ironically, I don’t actually own a Kindle…