Musa released Paths Less Traveled on May 11, 2012. One of the other wonderful things about Musa (and yes, I can't brag on it enough) is that royalties for sales from the publisher's website are paid on the 15th of the month for the previous month. Sales from third-party sites like Amazon, Barnes and Nobels and Smashwords take longer to be paid. So, for sales from May 11 - May 31, 2012, my first royalty "check" arrived via Paypal on Friday.
While I won't be retiring based on the amount getting a royalty payment is one of those "I have arrived" moments. I did a happy dance around the office (thankfully, no one saw that). I called the husband. I stared at the e-mail for a while. I was a professional writer now. Someone had paid for something I wrote.
Then it hit me.
The "oh crap" moment that follows the happy dance.
I'm a professional writer. That means I need to write. More. If I ever want to quit the day job, I also need to market. More.
Still, the stupid grin hasn't come off my face. And we did celebrate on Friday. All and all a good day.
I'm a writer. Watch me type.