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inkkognito
06-04-2008, 09:26 PM
On other threads I've seen people discuss momentoes of their first sale: a copy of the check, a saved dollar from their first cashed check, and the like. So what's the most common momento? Do most of you actually have one? Anyone have something unusual?

Coincidentally I ran across mine recently; I knew I had it but couldn't remember where I stashed it. It's a form rejection slip with the note: "Really liked this but just bought something similar. Please send another article." I promptly did, it got bought, and I was off and running with my magazine writing. For me it's more meaningful than a money-related symbol because it reminds me that rejection is not always a bad thing.

ClaudiaGray
06-04-2008, 09:32 PM
I bought a watch with some of the money from my first-ever sale (a "Star Trek" story in one of the Strange New Worlds anthologies).

Shadow_Ferret
06-04-2008, 09:45 PM
I have a large photocopy of my first check. It's sitting around somewhere and has been for almost 20 years. I need to find it and get it framed. Maybe that will motivate me.

DeleyanLee
06-04-2008, 10:01 PM
The local chapter of RWA I belonged to at the time gave me a crystal heart box with an inscription of my name and the date of "the call" when I made the sale to the small press back in 1999. Subsequent sales gets roses.

Another writer's group I belonged to, back when I was with my ex, gave out coconuts when you made your first sale under the idea "Once you've cracked the publishing nut, there's no harder nut to crack." When my ex got his first short story published in an anthology, I gave him a coconut. He cried. It was great. He drained the milk and still has it on a shelf by his desk.

Another writer's group I belonged to (Genre Romance) does old fashion charm bracelets--first sale is the bracelet and a #1 charm. Every book gets another charm and they try to find one that has some relevance to the book. Always thought that was very cool.

Phaeal
06-04-2008, 10:27 PM
Momentoes! A plot bunny! And, no, you can't have it back, ink.

As for first sale mementoes, I'll let you know when it happens. I've only gotten copies so far. ;)

Anonymisty
06-05-2008, 03:13 AM
I have a printout of the first advance check - my agent emailed the scan of it to me, before she sent me my portion. It's on my cork board.

KCH
06-05-2008, 06:15 AM
Love the inscribed crystal heart box, DeleyanLee.

For my first book, I bought myself a fabulous cherry coffee table; very large, looking like stacked books. The book spines are pull out drawers. At the time, it was unique. Hadn't seen anything like it and I absolutely loved it. Now, of course, you see such things all over. Still, I haven't seen anything exactly like it, and it's more upscale than the Pier One or International Market stuff/ Besides, it has gobs of meaning and I'll probably keep it til I die.

Suggestion: keep a bottle of good champagne in the fridge all the time. You never know when it will be needed. It was great fun when husband popped the cork and poured the glasses while I was still on the phone with the agent for that first book. It would have been greater fun if it had been drinkable. I'm still not sure why we had a bottle of $2.99 J. Roget in the first place.

Matera the Mad
06-05-2008, 07:51 AM
I have a forty-year old copy of Lapidary Journal somewhere.

Trying to think of a funny definition for "momento" without being horridly snide...failing...drat. :( *chuckle*

scope
06-05-2008, 09:32 AM
The original, signed contract.

JoNightshade
06-05-2008, 10:10 AM
I framed my first short story acceptance. It's still sitting around my parent's house somewhere. :)

Kate Thornton
06-05-2008, 07:31 PM
I have the fountain pen I bought with my first sale - I can no longer hold a fountain pen, but I still have it. And a copy of the contract & magazine, too!

aka eraser
06-05-2008, 07:41 PM
A copy of the magazine.

I wish now though, that I'd saved some of my newspaper columns which pre-dated my magazine stuff.

Bubastes
06-05-2008, 07:44 PM
MeowGuy gave me the best memento of my first sale: he took a copy of the magazine and had the cover and the first page of my article framed in a beautiful arrangement. He even included a litle plaque that said "MeowGirl's First Published Article" and the date.

Oberon
06-05-2008, 11:37 PM
Please: MEMENTO. Sorry to be a curmudgeon, it's one of my pet peeves. I have no mementos, not having made a sale as yet.

inkkognito
06-06-2008, 12:00 AM
Oopsie!

Made me think, tho', that if the first article I sold was about chewy mints it would actually be a Me-Mentos.

ishtar'sgate
06-06-2008, 12:17 AM
On other threads I've seen people discuss momentoes of their first sale: a copy of the check, a saved dollar from their first cashed check, and the like. So what's the most common momento? Do most of you actually have one? Anyone have something unusual?


Never even thought to do that. Of course I have no idea who bought my first book. I don't even remember who bought the first copy at my launch - it was kind of a blur. I DON'T HAVE A MEMENTO. :cry:
Linnea

JamieFord
06-06-2008, 12:20 AM
No mementos. Just stacks and stacks of edits. Do those count?

timewaster
06-06-2008, 03:53 AM
I don't think I have any momentos - it didn't occur to me. the Brit kid's author Jaqueline Wilson buys a ring for every book - she can barely lift her fingers.

aka eraser
06-06-2008, 04:49 AM
Please: MEMENTO. Sorry to be a curmudgeon, it's one of my pet peeves. I have no mementos, not having made a sale as yet.

I can fix that. :)

illiterwrite
06-06-2008, 06:24 AM
I don't think I even have a copy of the magazine my first short-story appeared in. Hmm.

For the first copy of my book I received (or the advance reader's copy), my publisher designed a collage of newspaper articles (my novel has a few faux newspaper articles) and bits of text from the novel and wrapped it up before sending it. I kept that. :)

inkkognito
06-06-2008, 07:56 PM
I can fix that. :)
Thanks! Now I don't look like an illiterate dingbat any more (just don't tell anyone that I AM one, hee hee).