An oddly inspiring royalty cheque.


I’ve been thinking about dreams. They are hard work. But, I don’t care.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a royalty cheque in the mail. I self-published my book but I did it though a company which allows for online sales through all the major bookstores, etc. So that means I get a quarterly cheque of a percentage of sales. The first couple were pretty good. (and by good I mean under $300)

But this one. This one stopped me in my tracks. I just stood there with my mouth wide open. It was for…are you ready…..


You got that right sister. The paper, postage and envelope alone was worth more than the cheque. I laughed. Told my husband I am pretty much an author loser and moved on.

I didn’t care. Dreams are hard work. How about I just celebrate the fact that I got a cheque? It means I followed a dream.

A couple of weeks later, I had a book event at a library. I was pretty excited. I hadn’t been to a library before. (For a book event. I have frequented libraries…) I was going to do a couple of book readings and then I had a table set up to sell my books, etc. So I arrive. All ready to go. In my cute book signing dress. No kids around. (Well, there were about 6 pre-teen boys. They didn’t care about tangles, or even slightly appreciate my cute dress.) We finally found 2 children bored out of their minds with their mom. I read my book to them. Then, I hit the audience jackpot. A local day camp of tired and hot children made a library stop. We asked their tired and desperate leaders if I could read them a story. “YES!”, they exclaimed with relief. So, I had a captive audience. And by captive I mean that we pretty much captured them and made them sit in the reading circle. A group of sweaty day campers that we basically pulled in off the street to read my book too. I laughed later when I saw the picture tweeted by the library of my book event. It looked like such a crowd. Yes. A crowd we found and forced into confinement on the ABC rug. One kid was even sitting in the opposite direction reading a story he found much more interesting from the shelf.

I didn’t care. Dreams are hard work. How about I just celebrate that I read my story to a group of kids in a library? It means I followed a dream.

It’s encouraging to hear stories of influencers who had their ideas rejected many times and had to struggle. It gives me hope. It gives me courage. It makes me determined to press on. I’m no quitter.

So, I made less than a dollar and had to find a fake audience of children – I don’t care.

I have dreams.

I’m following them.

I’m not afraid of hard work.

And I have more stories to tell.

More books to write.

More ideas to share.

More leaps to take.

I don’t care what it takes.

Not gonna quit.

8 thoughts on “An oddly inspiring royalty cheque.”

  1. My daughter went to your book reading (signing) at Faith Tabernacle with her summer camp. She thought the book was fabulous. She brought it home and ran off the bus to show me her new book. We read it for bedtime and she just loved it. I heard that you were a local writer and it got me thinking about myself.
    I’ve always been very shy in public settings or speaking one on one. I had a hard time speaking to anyone growing up. So I would write. It was my way of expressing myself. I always wanted to be a singer growing up, but I would think if that didn’t work out I’d want to be a writer!
    I started up a Business a few years ago called “Book A Princess” and I made a character “Princess Alison”. The children would ask about my (her) story, so I wrote her one. It was a story that had a good moral to it about what is really important in life. I would read it to the kids and they liked it, but I never had it published. I planned on expanding the company, adding other Princesses and writing stories with good morals about each of them but unfortunately the business just didn’t work out. I never had the courage to try to publish the stories and I always wonder if maybe I should have.
    You should be very proud of yourself for having the courage to try. Remember, its not about the amount of sales, but how those sales have effected the lives of those who it touched. You have a fan in my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚



    1. Amanda
      Thanks so much for the comment, that just made me so happy to hear that your daughter was at the camp that day and liked the story! So cool!
      And, your ideas and dreams sounds amazing too, I love the princess ideas! Don’t give up – you never know what can happen! Thanks for the encouragement!


  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Shelly!
    It’s so important that we celebrate the good things in our life ๐Ÿ™‚ And there are good things in every life. Some days we need to be intentional to find them, but they are there, ususally right in front of our faces!
    I’m proud to know you & so glad your book is being enjoyed by so many. I look a lot like Tini when I come out of the shower, so I know exactly what the story is all about!
    May God continue to use Tini to bless people.
    xo Janet C.


  3. Love it, Shell! Encouraging. Sometimes it’s difficult to explain to people why we send so many hours working on something that may never be realized. What they don’t know is that living inside a dream is the only place to be, and that it changes your life, regardless. Keep going! (I always loved your writer’s voice. ๐Ÿ™‚ )


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