Sunday, March 4, 2012

Royalties!

I just logged on to AuthorHouse, the publisher of our book Return to Viet Nam: One Veteran's Journey of Healing. It was published in December. We earned royalties of $96.27 for the 39 copies that were sold by December 31. I am totally thrilled.

Art and I have decided to send complimentary copies to the team leaders of veterans' clinics, at first in the Pacific Northwest. These clinics, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are all over the country and directly serve the veterans. Art attends a weekly group meeting at the vet clinic in Seattle. We provided a copy of the book to the group's counselor; next week he'll be taking half a dozen copies of the book to sell, at a discount, to the vets in his group.

At the end of the book Art says, "I hope that talking about this journey of healing and how it has helped me -- if even one person can get some good out of it and stop the nightmares and gain some peace, it will be worth it." We're hoping that will happen."

It is very cool to hear from people who have read the book and made comments to us. Family members who had no idea what Art had gone through; friends who bought extra copies to give to friends. Signing a book is an honor for both of us.

Today I sent my approval of the second version of the book. I decided I wanted to make it as good as it could be, rather than just "good enough". The "retech" cost more, but I'll be proud to have the new version out there. Most people wouldn't have noticed the changes I decided to make, but picky readers would have. I don't want anyone distracted from the story by a small inconsistency or a quotation mark on the wrong side of the punctuation mark.

Once the retech is ready, I'll be taking copies to the bookstores in our area and to the library. On our April road trip, we'll make a point of stopping by vet clinics and dropping off a book.

With this book, it's not about the money. It's about the vets.








15 comments:

rosaria said...

What a wonderful thing to share! This, I'm sure, was a labor of love to put together, to share. And making any money to offset the cost is a good thing as well.

Terra said...

Your book fills a need, and will surely help some readers. Well done!

DJan said...

Congratulations! A job well done, and I think the book will help many people over the years. Good for you for having done it.

Arkansas Patti said...

What a wonderful book idea that I am sure will help so many vets. I am sure those who suffered that war will relate and be helped. It was needed.

Olga said...

It must be such a thrill to see the results of all the work put into this project -- the actual book. And fulfilling to hear that it is affecting the lives of others. The royalties are like the cherry on top of the sundae.

Ms Sparrow said...

Hi Linda, I'm still following your blog even though I can't get into my own blog to post. Trying desperately to get Google help to get back on!

Out on the prairie said...

a very nice share, glad you are getting this book out

Friko said...

You are doing a wonderful thing. Nothing helps as much as sharing an experience. I hope your book will help many others through their traumas.

Retired English Teacher said...

You really are doing a wonderful thing. You are both to be commended for writing this book and getting it published.

Linda Reeder said...

What a noble and worthy cause. Well done.

Sandi said...

I am anxious to order this book. My husband was in Viet Nam and I think he would enjoy reading it. What a great thing, to put this out with your husband, and to be reaping a financial reward as well.

#1Nana said...

I think that delivering the books on your next road trip will really enhance your travel. You'll have to tell us the story about how it goes.

Barbara Torris said...

Good luck to you and your husband. I admire your accomplishments. A book is such a wow to begin with and the fact that you are sharing it with others makes it even more unique!

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wheels4me said...

Congrats on your royalties! Now, not only are you a published author, you have collected royalties making you a true professional. :)

I plan on getting a copy soon (presumably tomorrow from Sandy).

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Such a thoughtful and blessed thing you're both doing with this book! I have just a couple books in my pile of must read for reviews and then yours is next, I'm truly looking forward to sharing his journey even though I am not a Vet, never fought in a war and honestly have no clue how difficult that healing process must be. But I'm anxious to learn and share it. And to do so through your written words my friend!

Congrats on the royalty checks, something that sounds pretty sweet to this Author!