How do YOU measure success as a writer?

29 Jan

What is success for you? Is it selling a lot of books? Getting published? Self-publishing? Traditional publishing? Finishing a novel? Ask five writers and you’ll probably get five different responses.

I have been reading the latest WritersDigest and they discuss their own measure of success:

“If it’s by selling a lot of copies, then you’re setting yourself up for failure, because you’ll always lose to heavy hitters like Harlan Coben.” They go on to mention that if your only focus is on selling lots of copies, then it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t.

Keep in mind that this is different from having a positive attitude about selling a lot of copies. It’s not saying that you can’t or won’t. It’s simply saying that if selling a lot of copies is what you base your success rate or failure rate on, then you are in for a huge surprise.

Success for me personally, is finishing the writing I start. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a short, 500 word article. As long as I finish it, it’s success.

What about you? What defines success for you as a writer? Share in Comments! I’d love to know.

Share…it does a body good (Evin –


Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “How do YOU measure success as a writer?

  1. sarahsolmonson

    February 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    So far, my biggest sense of success was hearing that a 12 year old girl read my entire book on her iPhone, then used it for an oral book report in front of her whole class. I gave her a signed copy of the book as a prop – and she refused to let her little brother touch it! I remember being in love with a book like that when I was a young adult, and to think that someone feels that way about my book…that’s success!

    • mrgurupublishing

      February 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Wow…what an honor that must have been. Thank you for sharing!


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