Regular readers will know that I got the advance for my first YA book (a hi-lo medieval fantasy published by HIP Books, Sept 2009) not long ago.
I intended to put the entire advance on bills (it’s not a huge advance, and I definitely have bills). But a fellow writer, Lena Coakley, had a fantastic and wise suggestion. She suggested that I put most towards bills, but to keep some aside and to buy something special for myself with it–something that I will look at over the years and remind myself “My book bought me that!”. She bought herself a rug she loves with one of her advances, and every time she looks at it, she thinks of her book.
That sounds like a validating and wise thing to do. I thought abotu it for a while, trying to figure out what I wanted that would feel good, and that wouldn’t be a lot of money. Something I could have around both to enjoy, and as a reminder that I was able to get it because my book got published. What a happy feeling!
Of course, I’ll be spending more money on some book promotion, but first I have to pay other bills.
I decided to get myself two small fairy figurines. I love fairies. Though this particular book I wrote features dragons, fantasy is a love of mine.
It delights me, and when I look at it, I do think of my book, even though my book has dragons and not fairies.
Both fairies are “Butterfly Fairies” by Country Artists, I think originally from England. They’re delicately sculpted, with happy, kind faces (that’s important to me).
What would you get yourself? On a limited budget? On a bigger budget?