The Q: What Would You Buy With a 7-Figure Book Deal? (Plus, Win a WD Subscription)

The QWhen I see books like Harry Potter fly off the bookshelves, I can’t help but think, What if that were me? What if my hard work paid off and I landed a seven-figure book deal? Aside from passing out (multiple times) from excitement and throwing up (multiple times) out of nervousness, I’d want to do something special with my first purchase from that check.

The problem is, I have no idea what I’d buy. I like my house. I just bought a new car a year ago. And my wife wouldn’t be too happy if I brought home any wild, exotic animals.

So here’s what I want to know: What would you buy first if you landed a seven-figure book deal? Something big? Something small? Something that’d be special to you?

Post in the comments section and I’ll randomly select one person who suggests something to receive a free 1-year subscription to Writer’s Digest. Deadline is Friday, August 5 at 3pm Eastern Time. The winner will be announced shortly after that. As a bonus, I’ll give a second free 1-year subscription to Writer’s Digest for the most creative answer (I love creative answers).

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73 thoughts on “The Q: What Would You Buy With a 7-Figure Book Deal? (Plus, Win a WD Subscription)

  1. JoeBear

    I’d contribute some to 1979jurado’s kidney transplant fund, some to smartcall’s son’s pancreas fund, some to wildlife foundations and, if there was any left, a typewriter and a good, stiff drink! No, really!

  2. sarah macklin

    The first thing I’d do with all that money is buy dinner for my whole family, husband, two kids, parents, in-laws, and even my little brother included. And for once we wouldn’t have to worry about price.

    The next thing I’d do is buy a plot of land so that my family can finally have a house that’s really our own so we won’t have to be a burden on my folks anymore. That would be a dream come true.

  3. peanutzbaby

    What would you buy first if you landed a seven-figure book deal? I would donate a third of my earnings to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. They are an extremely worthy cause and have been amazing to my niece who was diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disease that actively attacks her muscles (hearts, lungs, limbs, etc.) at the age of 18mths. Her life expectancy is limited to five years. I’d like to give back to the foundation as a token of gratitude for all they’ve done and continue to do. The money I would donate could help spread the word and expand research toward a cure. I hope one day I get the chance to do something so rewarding.

  4. Jennifer Roland

    I’m a little boring. I’d pay off my family’s consumer debt and buy a slightly bigger house that has a mother-in-law cottage so my mom could have her own place rather than renting a room from us. Ideally, the new place would be in an area that has a more country-like setting but is actually closer to town than where we currently live, would be completely fenced so the dogs could explore as they pleased, and would include a dedicated writing room.

  5. JacqulineHyde

    Well, first I’d have to pay off my typewriting minions, and possibly buy a time machine. Other than that, I suppose I’d look at paying off student loans followed buy the purchase of a massive library (public of course) and rescue 1 or 2 or 8 kitties to come love with me.

  6. aksunshine

    If I landed a seven-figure book deal, I would pay off all my student debts (so I can go back to get my MFA!) and then start up an all-ages, in-residence writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest, where writers can earn scholarships to come work on their projects within a supportive community of fellow writers and editors.

  7. ElmerEscoto

    First things first. I would send my day job down the drain. Then I´d buy a house in the outskirts with a view towards the city. I would go there to write. A second house in town, because the kids need to go to school. I would pay their tuition in advance.

    Then I would open a school to teach literature to youngsters, and try and raise the next generation of writers in my country.

    Wishing everyone the best.

  8. MEPF

    A small bottle of champagne already tucked away against the day awaits. But, if the BIG (actually ANY) book deal comes in, I’ll need at least a case (May I choose Dom Perignon?) to says thanks to all my friends who encouraged with “I want to say I knew you when!” comments and who refrained from suggesting I give up the writing to make more time for their fun. It will start as a “refined” dinner, the invitations disclosing only “big surprise to share.” Once the bubbly is poured, who knows?

    All those Tweeters and Bloggers and Facebook Friends existing within their 3/4 inch photos will have to join the celebration via Skype. Special guests will be a couple of daughters who believe and keep telling me, “Do it, Mom; quit procrastinating.”

    Think I’ll go write now . . .

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