In its second weekend of release, The Avengers made over $100 million here in the US. Add that to its ridiculous total from last week, and the movie has made almost $400 million in two weeks. By any measure, I think we’d call that a success!
But, what about you as an indie author? How do you measure success, both for yourself and your book? While most of us don’t expect careers or sales along the lines of those richie-riches on top of the New York Times’ Bestseller List, we would like to feel as if the time, effort and money spent publishing our work were worthwhile.
We’ve talked a little about this before on the blog, that setting reasonable expectations and planning ahead can make that road to success easier. After all, if success is selling 100 copies of your book, that’s a heck of an easier goal to achieve than selling 10,000.
Success, however, isn’t always a sales goal (or even a number). So, we want to know:
- What has to happen for you to consider your book and/or writing career a success? Do you have more than one measure of success?
- What obstacles to success have you come across so far? Has anything made the path easier?
- How did you settle on your definition of success? Has it evolved over time?
- Does your definition of success differ from that of your author friends?
- What advice would you give to other authors struggling for that sweet moment of success?
We can’t wait to hear your responses! To join the discussion, please leave a comment below addressing any (or all) of the above questions. Also, mention the discussion to your indie author friends — we’d love to hear from everyone!