|This isn't my exact charm, but it's close|
Our first sale.
My first sale happened just a couple of months ago - February 28, to be exact. And then another big moment yesterday afternoon - when it went up on Amazon for pre-sale (yes, shameless plug in that link). Almost immediately after signing the contract my husband asked me what I was going to do to commemorate my first sale. Because those big moments need to be celebrated, we believe. Getting married means a ring, having a baby means a new birthday and whole slew of new first-times. The list goes on.
It doesn't have to be a major thing - it could be a glass of champagne or a nice dinner out. But I think it's important that we mark these events in our lives, especially as writers, because so much of our life is solitary. We write alone. We edit alone. Even when we have a good support system, the bulk of our work as writers is solo. So, for me, I wanted something physical to old onto for this big moment.
I thought about it for a while and then I made my decision, which some of you might find a little odd, me not being much of a girly-girl and all. But I'm making a Pandora charm bracelet, one charm for each book I sell. Each time I make a sale, I'll add a charm or bead that somehow reminds me of that book - quite a feat, especially for a bead that is just a color. But I'm having fun figuring it out. So, over the past weekend, I went to our local jewelry store and picked out a rather plain looking charm-chain. And my first charm - a silver-and-diamond cowboy boot, because Kathleen, the heroine from What a Texas Girl Wants, is slightly addicted to cowboy boots. And because the charm is just too cute. And it also fits my Texas story.
My charm bracelet - which is supposed to come in tomorrow - is kind of lonely right now, with just the one charm...but I'm looking forward to adding more. And maybe, someday, starting a second bracelet...
So, how do you commemorate those first time moments?