Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Mail Day

Usually when I get the mail, all I find are bills.

And junk.

Sometimes I get coupons from my mother.

Or magazines.

But most of the time I just get bills and junk.

When I went to get the mail the other day, all I saw were bills. I flipped through everything as I stood outside the mail box. Or mail tower, really.

“Bills, bills, bills, Amazon…” I muttered. I paused. Amazon? What in the—wait. Wait. Could it be? I ripped open the envelope and saw a check. My first check for my book The Swimmer’s Assistant.

“YES!” I screeched.

The woman who had passed me walking her dog turned around, eyebrows raised.

“Sorry,” I shouted and then rushed inside my house. She probably thought I had lost my mind. Or was drunk. I would have told her why, but then she might have thought I was bragging.

“Guess what?” I yelled when I got inside. And then realized no one was home. The kids were still in school. Tom was at work. So I had to tell Max the Cat, who was trying to take a nap on the couch. He didn’t even lift his head up as I sat down beside him. No matter. I kept talking. “I got my first check for my book, Max!”

No movement. He was thinking, “Maybe if I don’t acknowledge her, she’ll go away.”

I told the kids when they got home.

“Great,” Tommy said and then went for his iPod Touch.

“Can we get more princess stuff?” Natalie wanted to know, tugging on my shirt.

When Tom came home, I freaked him out by charging at him.

“Jesus. What?” he asked, hands up.

“I got my first check for my book!” I danced from one foot to the other. “My next goal is to get an actual agent. I know there’s someone out there for me. I just have to find her. Or him.”

“You’ll do it,” Tom said with a smile.

“I plan on focusing on my writing when you deploy. I have three books in the works,” I continued.

I’d love to one day have an ACTUAL book out. Yes, it’s awesome that I have one on Kindle, but I want people to be able to go into a store and pick it up. That’s another one of my goals.

Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance and have purchased The Swimmer’s Assistant. I appreciate you all and I love reading the reviews and the e-mails.

Thank you for helping to support me in my dream.


  1. Congrats, that's fantastic!

    I got a check the other day too... I knew it was coming, yet somehow it surprised me anyway. Nothing better. :)

  2. let me know when its available for nook!

  3. Congratulations! I got a check from google for my blog a few months ago and I was absolutely giddy. It only two three years for my blog to make $100!!! :)

  4. Congrats! That is very cool! I talk to my cats and dogs too!

  5. Three more? wow - an imagination run wild

  6. Awesome. Congrats to you! :)

  7. This is wonderful. I am so glad you are CHASING YOUR DREAMS!!!

  8. So awesome and uplifting! I'm so obsessed with the mail for that one day out of 30 in which I get something good. This is awesome. And I had to laugh at you yelling, "Guess what?" to an empty house. I love to come into our empty house and yell, "Honey, I'm home!"

  9. This is a BIG deal!!! Congratulations! Very exciting news. Andrea @ visiting from SITS.

  10. I don't have a Kindle or any of those other fancy contraptions.

    Are you rich now? When are you going to hire a nanny?

  11. Congratulations, and good luck on the *three* books you have coming! Awesome.

  12. Congratulations! That is wonderful for you! Can't WAIT for the next book to come out! (no pressure or anything!!)

  13. Congrats! I have a feeling you will be having these kinds of days more and more....

  14. Wooo Hooo!!!! Congratulations!!!

    Just don't forget all us little people when you're rich and famous, mm'kay??

  15. I loved your book! Waiting for a sequel. Congrats!!

  16. That's awesome! Congrats. I can't wait until I get a check for a book I write. Some day!

  17. Congratulations!!! It's an awesome feeling to receive money for something you work so hard on. :)

    Try looking into That's where I published my book in paperback - it's free to upload & publish.

  18. Congratulations! What an incredibly fun day for you. Best wishes in your continued efforts.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

  19. Wow, wonderful. Congrats, Amber! Find that agent soon, ok? :)

  20. Yea!! Congrats! And happy that I was one of those who purchased it :) I really did enjoy the story.

    Excited to see what you write next.

  21. Okay well I was thinking about it more-- I really shouldn't think so much at night-- and realized it means more your thanks was gladly received. --hehe oh well off to bed now before I ramble more weird things.

  22. Congrats! What an awesome mail surprise!


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