Well, my royalty check came yesterday and I spent a couple hours having a pity party. Oh, I know there are some people who believe I'm always cheerful and never disappointed, but they're wrong. So I spent a while muttering things about never writing again and stuff like that. And then I pulled up my socks and really studied the statement.
The new book didn't sell well, for whatever reason... the economy, or it wasn't one of the popular genres or whatever. It's nearly impossible to figure out what will sell or not sell so I just have to let that go. On the up side, the older books sold quite well--actually better than they've sold in months. So, what's up with that? Tough to know what to do. It was particularly puzzling as the reviews have all been fives (five hearts, five roses...) so it's nice to know that the reviewers really like the book!
After my little hissy fit, I checked the news on the internet and discovered there are more important things going on in the world than my pitiful royalty statement. Sadly, in Italy there was a terrible earthquake with many dead and injured and thousands homeless. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to that?
On a different note, this link http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/136610 explains a scary privacy issue in the UK. At least I find it darned scary. According to the article all e-mails--even by private citizens--will be monitored and filed. The article does a much better job explaining it than I can, certainly. Shades of Big Brother watching you!
Winter has returned to the Midwest and East coast. It's supposed to be in the low thirties in Baltimore tonight. Brrrrrr. So think springy thoughts!