Not surprising to me, Lynne and I share some of the fantasy indulgences. I also think about what I would do if I won the lottery. Since I rarely ever play, there is absolutely no chance I would win… but if I did…
If I won one million, I would buy a house and a car, donate to worthy causes, and invest much of the money. At two million, it would look like the same.
20 million? I would quit my job and travel. :)
But what if it was an obscene amount? Like 100 million? Besides making sure that family was set for life, taking a year-long vacation, and donating a ton to worthy causes, I would probably start two businesses – an indie bookstore and a publishing company.
I would open a general interest/mystery bookstore. Like half mystery and half everything else. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I have interests that are too varied to limit my store to one subject. I like history. And self help. And travel writing. Pretty much I love putting books into the hands of readers. I don’t care if it’s crime fiction or science. Reading is important.
My mystery publishing company that would pub between 25 and 30 books a year. At Midnight Ink I have a solid mix of debut authors and established authors. I would continue that pattern. It’s an incredible feeling to offer a newbie author a publishing contract! But I also like picking up established authors. They know the game and what to expect, they already have a readership built up, and I like being able to offer them a new home. And I would create a new way of doing business - a model of paying authors a living wage and supporting them every step of the way with better royalty rates, dedicated publicity and marketing campaigns, and author tours. I would support indie bookstores.
I would probably also support various conferences and organizations that I have grown fond of. Kind of like what James Patterson is doing for bookstores, but for writers. Yeah, that would be pretty cool. A girl can dream, right?
Time to stop dreaming and to get back to work. I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!