Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bruh Rabbit earns his keep

Today, I received a check from SF (my former lit agent) for SURE AS SUNRISE: STORIES OF BRUH RABBIT AND HIS WALKIN' TALKIN' FRIENDS. After three years, it's earned out the advance! HM advanced a fair amount on this title, so I'm especially happy to have earned it out. The royalty wasn't much, less than $60.00 minus commission. Still, when the next editor or art director considering me for a book asks for my recent royalty statements, I'll be proud to whip this one out.

For this, I am appreciative to so many people — teachers, librarians, students, friends, family — who supported this book. But especially, I thank Texas librarians who graced this title with the Texas Bluebonnet Award (2006-07 Master List). That honor, along with the Aesop Accolade, is what helped get the word out about this great book.

Of all the milestones in the life of a book — advance, completion of art, release date, mentions in prominent journals, awards, so on — earning back the advance is one of the most gratifying aspects to me. Receiving a royalty statement with an unearned balance makes me squirm. Leaves me feeling like I've reneged on a loan (even though an advance isn't a loan, but payment for hard work).

Earning out an advance comes with little to no fanfare. No congratulatory letter like when you receive a nice review or win an award. Just a royalty report and a check. On second thought, a check — even a small one — is better than a worthless ole congratulatory letter any day.

6 comments:

BJ said...

Hello, I haven't read your book yet, but just looking at the cover makes me want to run out and buy it for my grand child. When I read stories such as yours it give me the confidence I need to keep pushing forward. I have a childrens story I've been trying to get published. I would love to have you take a look at it if you can find the time. booboopbedo2002@yahoo.com

rindawriter said...

Congratulations again Don! The small things matter, the small things MATTER! This book makes me smile BEFORE I open it...and guess who's illustrations are responsible for that????!! SOL (smiling on line)

Chris Barton said...

That does sound like a great feeling, Don -- and a well-deserved one, too. Way to go!

Thomas Kingsley Troupe said...

Hats off to you, good sir. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but I am in complete awe at the work you produce.

Complete. Awe.

Congrats on your milestone!

Liz in Ink said...

Yea!!!!
An awesome and well-deserved milestone...

Camille said...

Sure as Sunrise is a WONDERFUL book that I carry with me when ever I have a library gig. The illustrations invite the child in and the stories beg to be read aloud.
I hope you receive many many more royalty checks for it.