Writing is a tough gig. There are more rejections than acceptances in this business. So anytime you have a success, I recommend rewarding yourself. Specifically the reward should be something that you normally wouldn’t buy or do. (i.e. going out for a fancy dinner versus buying a pair of socks.) When I had my first short story published, “The Movement” in the anthology Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Finance. I bought a George Brett rookie card.
It was something I always wanted as kid when I collected cards. Back then, I would have loved to have had even the most beaten up version of my favorite player’s card. It was an unattainable holy grail for me as the prices were out of my range/allowance. While I could’ve bought a mint condition rookie card, but I went for an 8 rated card because it was under $100. The edges are sharp, only the image is off-center. It’s near perfection. Perhaps if I have a bestseller I can buy the mint rated card.
When I published Lost In Clover, I bought a first edition paperback Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson. This was something I had wanted for years, but never let myself spend the money. I was surprised to spend only $30 on the purchase. eBay has surprising bargains out there.
My biggest expense on a reward was using the money I got from my story “Incident on the 405” on Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble to go toward a Mac Mini.
My wife doesn’t think this counts since I was planning on buying it anyway. And while she has a point, it is something I use everyday.
My final reward was more of a cheat. eBay had a promotion where they’d take percentage off any purchase done through their app (I think 20% off). Simultaneously, the seller of a hardcover first edition of Heed The Thunder by Jim Thompson had dropped his price. So I purchased it before my book Keeping The Record came out in March. (The contract had been signed and the final draft sent in, so it was okay, right?)
While the book is rare and has value, it’s not as valuable as the book with the original dust jacket. What’s the difference? Oh, about $1000. To buy that I’ll have to have several bestsellers.
I have a reward in mind when I sign with agent. If nothing else, perhaps that will motivate me to finally land one. So enough about me. What about you? Have you rewarded yourself for doing anything extraordinary? If not, what would you like to do and what would be your reward for accomplishing it?