Thursday, May 15, 2014
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? BY RITA KARNOPP
What defines you as a successful writer? Do you have to write a number of books . . . say over twenty, maybe over a hundred to be considered successful? Does it mean you’re writing for a traditional publisher? Could you be writing for an eBook publisher?
You see ‘success’ is something different for each of us. I just finished my sixteenth book with Books We Love! Yep, I’m proud of it . . . and I feel very successful. I remember when I just wanted to see my name on the cover of ‘a book.’ Now I have sixteen books with my name on them!
Success is your goal. If your goal is to write twenty book in your lifetime – I’ll bet you won’t feel successful until you type ‘the end’ on that twentieth book.
I actually believe it’s difficult for writers to define or measure success because we are only as good as our next book.
Success is how you measure it . . . what it means to you. It could be one book or more, it could mean a guest spot on TV or radio, it could mean your first book signing at a popular book store, or it could mean being asked to be a presenter at a writer’s convention.
For me it didn’t happen until a Blackfeet woman, who bought my book, Whispering Sun, asked if I’d be willing to have my picture taken with her and the book. See – for each of us that feeling of success is something different. I’m always humbled and touched when I receive a ‘fan’ email or letter. The reader took the time and effort to reach out and compliment my book! That feeling of happiness and pride I call success.
How about you? When did you feel successful? Tell me . . . I’d like to hear it . . . it’s fun to relive and share our successes. J