Are there criteria? Are those criteria universal?
When does an author become 'successful?'
- Selling a book?
- Earning a living?
- Selling movie rights?
- Hitting the bestseller list?
- Having 1000 books in print? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000? 10,000,000?
- Getting on television?
- Winning awards?
- Getting ten emails a week from fans? 100? 1000?
- Having 100 website hits a day? 100,000?
- Being ranked in the Top 50 on Amazon?
- Getting paid for speaking?
- Receiving fan mail?
- Being known within your genre?
- Being known by the general public?
- Earning out your advance?
- Getting a six figure deal? A seven figure deal?
- Having your backlist still in print?
- Being sold in Walmart?
- Getting on Oprah?
- Teaching and helping others?
- Trying your best?
- Being happy?
I know bestselling authors and self-published authors and many in between. I know writers with a lot of talent who haven't gotten published, and those who have gotten published without a lot of talent. I know that hard work plays a part, but so does luck, and luck favors the prepared.
But most of all, I know that if I ever want to be successful, my definition of success has to change.
The day I no longer need any kind of validation is the day I'll truly be successful.
Does anyone want to validate me on that?