What is your definition of success?Sales
Best-sellerConnecting with readers
Balancing writing and home/family
As Christian writers it’s a given that sharing our faith through our writing is on that list, but what about the rest?
I’ll be honest in saying I want a big following of readers first and foremost. There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing from a reader that they enjoyed reading one of my books. And readers who spread the word about our books is where it’s at. No matter what social media, publicity etc. it all comes back around to readers. Do I want the rest on that list? Of course.
Sales, it make everyone happy if the numbers are good, but I’ve learned it doesn’t do any good to try and keep up with the ups and downs. I pray and wait that all is well and most of the time it is, and when it’s not I just work harder.
Money is always a good thing, especially to get paid to do something we love to do. But for me it’s probably the last one on the list, because if those don’t come to fruition the money isn’t there.
Validation has become important to me, simply due to the fact that people don’t understand the literary industry. But I get that because I had a lot to learn when I was first published. There’s a lot that goes on before that book is on the shelf.
I’d never had writers block until this summer when we moved, and our son came home from college. Too much change and work distracted me from my writing. It’s been hard to slip in and out of my characters when I’d left them alone for long periods of time. Balancing time to get our new house in order and spending time with my son kept me juggling my time. As you can guess, I spent any time my son had with him. That time is just too precious, even though I heard little voices in my head reminding me they were there and waiting.
Best-seller list? It’s always good to dream!
What does success look like to you?