When my first book was published, I bought myself a gift. This is pretty common among authors. Some writers buy jewellery, some buy an extravagant piece of furniture, some buy art. I suppose what you buy depends on the size of your advance. The whole point of the author’s self-gift is that we want something heavy and beautiful to point at, something utterly surplus to requirements, and be able to say “I bought this thing with money earned from my writing and I trust my talent so much that I am willing to let it be totally useless.”
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