I had been pondering on this for a while now.
How do I, as an author, measure success?
Difficult, and, at the same time quite simple which became apparent to me the more I thought about it.
There are two aspects to success - financial gain and emotional satisfaction.
As an author I want to sell as many books as I can.
I also want to achieve emotional satisfaction after having written a book. All that time spent in creating characters and scenes, places and incidents live - they are now a part of me living inside me after my book is published.
My debut novel MOONLIGHT - THE JOURNEY BEGINS was picked up by a local book club. They invited me to their meeting to discuss my writing, the characters, inspiration behind the story. I am in awe of my readers.
A second wonderful thing happened just recently. A reader came up and said - I hope you are writing another book. She was one of the first to have purchased my novel. We spoke at length and during the course of our conversation I discovered how much she had enjoyed reading MOONLIGHT - THE JOURNEY BEGINS. I was able to say that I am writing a second novel. Stay tuned.
In conclusion, I can now honestly say success as an author to me, is emotional satisfaction.
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