It’s always exciting to that notification from Amazon or Smashwords that I’ve got a royalty deposit coming into my bank account. I need to give a shoutout to a friend and New York media personality Steve Strangio. I first met Steve during my freshman year at Hoftstra where he was majoring in TV and I was majoring in radio. He walked up to me in the quad and drafted me for one of his assignments. I don’t remember the plot of the show, but it had something to do with Jo-Jo the dog-faced boy. I played the wife of someone named Ira.
I bring this up, because advertising and marketing makes a big difference when you’re an Indie author. When there are 40 hours a week at a Day Job ™, marketing becomes a challenge because it takes resources that could go to things like food, sleep, and well writing.
But it makes a difference, and something I don’t necessarily get from my Facebook, blogs, or G+ posts is a reach to an international audience.
Amazon just let me know I have royalties coming from England AND Germany. My first reaction was to ping a musician friend of mine who lives in Berlin and he said (with apologies) that no, it wasn’t him.
Pretty damn cool.