What does Success mean for an indie author?
The first word that jumps to mind is: sales.
I think I might have this backwards a bit, but I admit that is where my brain goes when I first think of that question.
There are some amazing, extremely successfully indie authors who have all three of those words easily applied to them.
Am I one of them?
Well, by strict definition . . . no.
Sales: my books are selling slowly, one by one, not hundred by hundred or thousand by thousand.
Recognition: um, here with my blog buddies - yes!!! (Thanks!) In my smallish community of homeschool and church friends and a few bookstore owners -yes! Plus, I did garner one somewhat local newspaper article - yes! And I've had some sweet reviews!
Recognition beyond people I know: Um, maybe one or two people out there who don't know me via blog or personal life or meeting at the bookstore with my books in hand.
Growth: (in writing and readership) Slow growth, very slow growth, but hopeful growth.
So, what does success mean for this Indie author?
I hope someday to hit higher sales and garner a little recognition beyond my circle of friends.
However, until then, success is about growth in writing, and a growth in readership.
Plus, when I have one of my "I'm not very successful" bummed out feelings, I remind myself of something an excellent writing teacher told me,
"Don't expect success as a writer until you have 5-6 books published and on the shelves. Until then, don't quit your day job, and even after then, don't quit it right away." (And she was talking about traditional publishing many years ago, before the indie boom)
So. Two down, four more to go. And the day jobs are un-quittable, so I'm safe there.
Also, there's another great article about self-publishing here: Ron Vitale - and I found that post by reading C. Lee Mckenzie's post here.
How do you measure success?
And for the Wednesday Movie Quote via Alex J. Cavanaugh:
"Lipstick Taser!" (from Despicable Me 2)