Until I started writing about seven years ago, I never really thought about rewarding myself. With my corporate job, I relied on others to reward me with raises and bonuses. After I quit my job, it never occurred to me that if I was going to be rewarded for an achievement, other than the satisfaction of meeting a goal, I would have to take care of that myself.
I finished my first manuscript in May, 2002. That's been a while, but I don't believe I rewarded myself with anything other than telling everybody and their brother, cousin and everyone I could make eye contact with that I'd finished a book. However, the day I sent out my first two queries, I rewarded myself with Chinese food at the mall and a trip to the bookstore. Yes, I'm a simple girl at heart, but it made me happy.
I don't really remember all the rewards I've given myself over the years. I had to stop the rewards for sending out queries. I'd be in bankruptcy if I had continued to do that. However, every time I finish another manuscript, I do a little something just for me. Chinese food is still one of my most frequent rewards, but I've branched out to allowing myself a few days of reading and not writing. Usually after about two days, I can't take the voices in my head anymore and have to start writing again, but I do look forward and treasure those rewards. Since I only write about two books a year, they don't happen that often.
What about you? When you complete a manuscript, send off a query letter, enter a contest or even get a rejection, how do you reward yourself for your accomplishments? Share all of them because I'm looking for some new, more exciting rewards.
Oh and yes, I admit. The day I sold, we had Chinese takeout. What can I say? I love cashew chicken and I'm still a simple girl at heart.