Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here, with my thoughts on Success.
In particular how you define success. And you know, this will be different for everyone, and if you start comparing yourself to other authors, well, then, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed.
There will always be someone who is more successful, or who you perceive to be more successful. And you know this whole successful thing is relative.
Yes, I think we can all agree that there are those authors, the ones that immediately spring to mind, because everyone has read them, or at least has heard of them.
You’ll find them in every bookstore, on posters in public transport etc.
Fame and success right there, I guess.
I’m not talking those authors, however. I’m talking you and me, the average run of the mill person, who also happens to be an author.
How do we define our success?
Well, the obvious one is to look at your sales. I just did an interesting exercise of working out my average sales per book with both of my publishers. It was a rather eye-opening experience, and it made it clear to me where I should be sending the majority of my books in future.
I’ve gone with my gut on these things in the past, but as hubby reminded me this is a business, and it deserves a calculated approach. In my case a calculator-wielding hubby, lol. Seriously, I’m useless with numbers.
So, that is certainly one way to measure your success. However, if you only look at your sales, you will probably end up disappointed. It goes back to there will always be someone who sells more than you do.
I don’t believe money can ever be your sole motivation to write. If it is, you will a) end up disappointed, or far worse, b) sell your soul and integrity to the devil, and simply churn out things that you know will sell.
And that, my lovelies would be a such a shame. Of course, we all need to eat, and if you write full time with no other income, then yes, to a certain extent you will have to do that.
No judgment here. Every one of us authors defines their own career paths, and what is right for one will not be right for the other.
However, if you’re one of the multitudes of authors who write in addition to an evil day job, or to simply contribute to the family income like I am, then you can be more discerning in how you define your success.
To me, in its simplest form success means being a published author. Every time I type those magic two words – The End – I get such a buzz. It’s hard to describe if you’re not an author, that sense of achievement.
Then there is that magic moment you get your publisher’s e-mail to say they would like to publish the book. The buzz of release day, and the oh so precious reader comments.
Never underestimate the power of that. A reader saying they enjoyed your story. That you lifted them up on a bad day. Even if that book tanks, to know that you reached that one reader… success in my book.
So, be who you need to be, and define your own success, peeps.
That’s all from me today, folks.
Do stay naughty and count your blessings. You’re more successful than you think!