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?