Friday, May 24, 2013

The Blog Chain – How do you define success?

The Blog Chain question this week is:

How do you define success? Is it getting published, making the New York Times list, or just finishing a novel?      

Success is such a loaded word. To a lot of people it quite simply a matter of $$$. If you make a certain amount of money, you’re successful. Really success isn’t that simple.

To a writer, number of books sold or making a bestseller list could be seen as becoming successful. Although one definition of success is the attainment of fame, wealth, or power, I like this definition better: the achievement of something planned or attempted.

I successfully wrote a novel. I successfully got an agent, who in turn successfully found a publisher. I succeeded in getting IN THE AFTER published. It will be on shelves June 25th. I consider every goal conquered to be a success, even if my book doesn’t sell a billion-trillion copies. My next goal is to have my book reach readers who will enjoy it. I consider every review (good and bad) a success because it helps others who might like my book find it to read.

How do you define success with your writing?
Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.


  1. I like your definition of success. :)

  2. Yes. I like her definition, too.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  3. I love your attitude, and you're right success is as simple as achieving a set goal.

  4. I like your definition of success!

    It is very easy to become dissatisfied after reaching a goal and move the bar for success a little further away. Everybody should take a little more time to celebrate the achievement of a goal without looking ahead to something as yet unattained.

  5. my sentiments exactly :) great answer :)