I found an article that addressed a very important question we authors ask ourselves: What defines Writing Success?
How do you define it? Does it depend on getting picked up by a publishing company? Do you define success by how many books you sell or by getting on the bestseller list? What do you define as writing success?
"Everyone defines success a little differently. Some define it as owning a giant house. Others define it as reaching a goal. In the writing community there are countless ways to measure success—completing a first draft, landing an agent, winning a writing competition, receiving that first royalty check..." --Says Brian A. Clems.
Click HERE to read his article and if you like, post a comment on what you define as you're writing success.
Now the next question is what is the key to successful writing? Many, no, I am sure tons of us want to know the answer to that question...
And Jerry B. Jenkins has that answer. This is what he said:
"Writing is not a hobby, a spare-time activity, or something to play at. It’s work. Don’t ever get the idea writing is easy. If it is, you’re not working hard enough. The stuff that comes easy takes the most rewriting. And stuff that comes hard reads the easiest."
Read the rest of Jerry's article HERE.
Writing is hard work. It's very time consuming and something that takes lots of dedication. IT drains you and in the end your a fright to look at when it's time to take the next step. What is the next step? Do I self publish, do I use a vanity press, or do I just give up?
First, never give up and always, always keep writing. I don't know how many times I have heard other authors repeat that very same statement.... Keep writing!
You wanna go the old fashioned paper to print publishing way...do so. Send in queries or work with create space on getting a paperback of your book out there.
Want to go the vanity publishing route...research up on it before you take the plunge. Read my article HERE about the pros and cons to that.
Wanna go the self-pub way, hey I did! Well, you have a few choices to choose from or pick all. Amazon of course will help you do that and with their KDP select program , you can get five free promo days (have to be exclusive with Amazon to do so ). There is also Barnes& Nobles Pubit as well as Smashwords (distributes your ebook to the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store, Baker & Taylor's Blio and Axis360 (libraries!)
Check out Emlyn Chand's Novel Publicity and Melissa Foster's Fostering Success as well...
What do you define as writing success A.D. ?
What I call writing success is that my readers enjoy what I write. This is after all the reason why authors/ writers write, correct?( If not, Author Jeff Goins can help you with that).Whatever else comes along with that, earning oodles of money, fame... tons of great reviews...those are bonuses ;0)
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” —Cyril Connolly
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