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When You Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books You Wrote 17 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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This is for a ‘Web Services‘ book I wrote and published in 2003 — 17-years ago!

‘They’, i.e., ‘Elsevier’, paid me a decent advance in 2013. I was happy with JUST that. SMILE.

Wow. I never realized they were selling the e-book for this much. It must be GOOD. SMILE.

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So, yes, I know I don’t make any money on my recent books. But, that is OK. I still just SMILE when people think I haven’t made money as an author. SMILE.


This was last year.

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This was the year before.

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If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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STILL Cracks Me Up When I Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 16 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


The statement always come in September and the payment hits the bank at the end of the month.

This year it was 1/4 of what it was last year, BUT it is still enough to guy me a gallon of red wine and I am cool with that.

This was a ‘Web Service’ book I wrote and published in 2003 — 16-years ago!

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This was last year.

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If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Cracks Me Up When I Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 15 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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Happens this time every year. It comes out of the blue.

I am NOT complaining. It is NOT a big check BUT it can keep me in wine for 2-weeks. That is better than a kick-in-the-teeth any day of the week.

If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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A Kick, Indeed, To Get Unexpected Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 13 – 15 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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Of course, if it was NOT technology, this would, indeed, not in any way be incongruous.

What to I, is crazy, is that these are books on technology — fast-changing, Web-technology at that. While the fundamentals might just about still be in place, much would have changed in the last decade. But, people keep on buying my 5 technology books — albeit NOT in any large numbers.


While I do find it amusing it is also gratifying — not the money BUT the fact that people still put some stock into what I wrote that long ago — on technology. Yes, I do know that I did my best to make technology understandable. That was why I was able to do this for 35-years.

These cheques are always a surprise. Makes my day. I got paid advances for both these books — actually for all 5 of my technology books. They were decent advances for niche technology books. So, I am quids in on these books. That is nice.

Now, I should pre-order a Garmin Vivoactive 3 … {Smile}


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Sir Winston Churchill Became A U.S. Citizen This Day, April 9, 54-Years Ago!

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I kid YOU NOT!

Yes, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA,
(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)
2-Term Prime Minister of Great Britain.


Yes, an Executive Order by JFK. No courts blocked that. {SMILE} Click to ENLARGE and admire. You can find it on the Web.


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His mother was American and Winston was always rather proud of that.

I am not 100% sure BUT I think it was ‘honorary’ so that he would not have to pay any taxes in the U.S.! By 1963 he was quite wealthy and his royalties from his many splendid works would have been substantial. I am sure Winston would not have wanted to file a U.S. IRS 1040 each year.

I wonder if Donald Trump knows the significance of THIS day — bust or no bust.


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