Yesterday I received a semi-annual royalty statement for my first book, which was released in July 2003. Finding Hope sold very well, but it had "earned out" on last May's statement, meaning that it's out of print and that I have been paid all the royalties due me for the books sold.
Steeple Hill likes to reissue popular books, so this one may come around again in a couple of years. But for now, the ride's over. So why did I get a statement in yesterday's mail?
I'll tell you why. Because in May I was overpaid. And now it seems that I owe money to Harlequin.
One dollar, to be exact.
Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I didn't find any envelope for my remittance, so I'm just going to assume they're trusting me to square this account after my March book comes out.