First Paycheck

I got my first paycheck for writing this week:

Amazon CheckAnyone want to go out for a burrito?

Amazon calls it a “remittance advice,” and it’s for the print copies of DARTS
sold during the month of March. I haven’t yet received one of these nifty notices for the digital copies yet. There’s a minimum dollar value for digital ($100) and I’m still a wee bit shy. No complaints though: published AND paid, baby!  (Just don’t expect me to buy your extra guacamole.)

Technically, I got paid for some blog-work I did for my brother back in 2006, and I also won a significant cash award in 2007 for a short story. But this feels different. (Being paid by a dispassionate robot like Amazon always does.)

DR:                 HERE IS YOUR REMITTANCE ADVICE. BY MY CALCULATIONS, YOU MAY                                  NOW AFFORD 1.237 BURRITOS. HAVE A NICE DAY.

BKH:               I’m rich!

So this week feels like Christmas, like winning the lottery.

And here’s the thunder: today I received a $50 check for an anecdote published in the spring 2015 issue of BYU Magazine. I wonder how many burritos I could get for that?

BYU Check (rev1)

Needless to say, I probably need to rethink my pricing structure. While I’m doing that, feel free to subscribe, follow, or look at books.

8 thoughts on “First Paycheck

  1. You are published in BYU Magazine, too? Wow, I can hardly wait to read whatever your anecdote is about! I consider that mag to be the cream of the crop. You are climbing that mountain, Ben, keep embracing both the challenges and the joys of this journey.

    1. Maybe I’ll post the original version someday. The published version was shortened to make for space reasons. Probably just means I’m too long-winded.

  2. So fun – your fortune cookie would read”there will be many burritos to be bought in the future”

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