Since my unexpected, and sweet, request for 'Perfect Doctor Viv' I find myself thinking, what if? What if 'Perfect Dr. Viv' or Healing Whispers either one is my first sale? The One. How will my life change? What will I do next? When will I be able to attend a RWA National conference under the sweat and steam of my hard won efforts?
I've always loved writing in some fashion. In school and beyond I wrote poetry (amidst stories), which my middle school teacher loved and made copies of for the whole school. It was a very small school with two graduating eighth graders, me and my boyfriend (when he wasn't being a big jerk). There was one seventh grader (two when the new boys came to town for part of the year and left before it was over). Even with my *extensively published* writing career, I can't see my life changing all that much when I do sell my first ms, except I might be way busier as a published author.
There will be promos, getting my name out there for the world to scrutinize my writing. Interviews, reviews...etc, the list goes on and on (I live by the title of my blog. I am a dreamer). Friend and paranormal/contemporary author of Ring of Lies, Rachel Lynne has already volunteered to help with this. As has other friend and paranormal/erotic author of Call of the Wilds, Gale Stanley, should sales go well. Which, as said dreamer, they can't go any other direction, right? .
Next? I'll keep writing, of course. I love my cowboys. Maybe I'll write a sexier-than-sin cowboy who falls for his lady doctor, or a cowgirl who falls for her who-knew-he-was-so-hunky doctor. No matter. I'll write. Maybe I'll finish the wolf shifter story since the Gray brothers are seeming to each have their own story, my first series. I hope to finish and sell my mind manipulation story. This is another near and dear to my heart couple, and have been since they were born of my first NaNoWriMo attempt in Nov 2005. They have been patient and deserve recognition. Who knows, if they don't sell I can always post them as a *freebie* on my website. Yes. I have a website, and it may eventually get finished, maybe even in the same era as the story I might post on it. I figure these two creations were born about the same time, and will prolly both be finished in the same century at least.
RWA? You can bet your bikini-clad butt that will be first on my *to do list* of priorities! First sale, first RWA National conference--paid in full for the following year!!! Yeah! That, and a new computer or lap top, whichever I haven't gotten by then. Ooh, and an eReader! I'll need to find a way to get chocolate to my editor(s)! Can you ship wine?
Oooooh, me likey virtual window shopping! I could blog all day on *what I'll buy when I sell*!
Hmmm. Has anyone gone broke before getting the check in the mail?
But...I do need to try to keep my nonfiction life realistic, since my fictional brain is most definitely not.
What about you? What was your first major purchase item after you sold that first book? What will it be when you do sell?