I’ve been thinking a lot about today’s topic: What does it mean to be a successful author?
I think we all tend to measure success in terms of monetary gain. Let’s face it, our society is all about the mulah, so it’s instinctive to use this as the indicator of success. But I honestly believe that for most of us authors, there’s a lot more to it than that. We write to make a connection, to inspire others. To know that we’ve made a difference.
So, even if you haven’t made a lot of money as an author, who’s to say you’re not successful? An email from a fan, a conversation with an excited reader, a glowing review: in many ways those things last longer and mean more than money.
While it’s somewhat necessary to focus on money because, let’s face it, smiles and good will don’t pay the bills or put food on the table, money is not the only thing an author should think about. It’s those connections we make that really make a difference, and that’s what we’ll ultimately remember when we come to the end of the road and reflect back on our lives.
For you writers, I’d like to know, how do you measure success as an author?