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Friday, September 12, 2014
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? BY RITA KARNOPP
What defines you as a successful
writer?Do you have to write a number of
books . . . say over twenty, maybe over a hundred?Does it mean you’re writing for a traditional
publisher?Could you be writing for an
You see ‘success’ is something different for each of us. I just finished my sixteenth book with Books
We Love! Yep, I’m proud of it . . . and
I feel very successful. I remember when
I just wanted to see my name on the cover of ‘a book.’ Now I have sixteen books with my name on them!
Success is your goal. If
your goal is to write twenty book in your lifetime – I’ll bet you won’t feel
successful until you type ‘the end’ on that twentieth book.
I actually believe it’s difficult for writers to define or
measure success because we are only as good as our next book.
Success is how you measure it . . . what it means to you. It could be one book or more, it could mean a
guest spot on TV or radio, it could mean your first book signing at a popular
book store, or it could mean being asked to be a presenter at a writer’s
For me it didn’t happen until a Blackfeet
woman, who bought my book, Whispering Sun,
asked if I’d be willing to have my picture taken with her and the book. See – for each of us that feeling of success
is something different. I’m always
humbled and touched when I receive a ‘fan’ email or letter. The reader took the time and effort to reach
out and compliment my book! That feeling
of happiness and pride I call success.
How about you? When did
you feel successful? Tell me . . . I’d
like to hear it . . . it’s fun to relive and share our successes. J