I’m often asked how I measure success. It seems to be the question of the century because I get it, in one form or another, all the time. I never know how to respond to this since the answer keeps changing.
What can I say? I’m a flip-flopper. But with good reason…
I think success, like most things, is relative and fluid. How I measure it changes with my goals; it changes again once I accomplish those goals and set new ones.
When I first began seriously writing in 2008, my goal was to finish a book. I did, and that was success.
My next goal was to get an agent. I did. Another success.
Getting a publisher. Check. Success.
Officially being a published author was goal numero quatro. Happened March 18, 2011…and again on March 25, 2011…and yep, you got it. Success.
Lately, however, most of the how-do-you-measure-success questions tend to revolve around sales and money. Some people even flat-out ask how much money I’ve made. Considering I’ve just started receiving royalties off one book and have yet to receive statements/royalties off the other, this is tough to answer.
But that’s not the point. The point is I’m a writer. My job, the one I love and for which I have great passion, is writing, not selling. Sure, I’m required to promote, market, and sell my work/myself, but that’s not my job.
So, how do I measure success these days? This moment?
Reviews. If readers are enjoying my books, then I’ve done my job, which is writing a fun, sexy, compelling story that entertains people and makes them smile. Even if only ten people read my books, I consider it a success if those readers liked (or loved) them.
With that in mind, imagine my surprise (and feelings of successfulness!) when Bonded in Brazil made it into the Top 100 rated contemporary romance books on Amazon Kindle! Hooray! The timing is great, because, not only can I celebrate by giving away a free e-copy of Bonded in Brazil, but I can do so on Nikki’s blog for her blogaversary!
Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if you read Bonded in Brazil, don’t forget to leave a review. 😉
Rhiannon is giving away 1 ecopy of her book Bonded in Brazil! Contest open internationally and I will leave it open until 6/24 and announce the winner on 6/25!
A few missed loan payments, and a family of Brazilian vintners stands to lose the fruits of four generations of labor. To save the business, devoted daughter Eliana Menino strikes a deal of her own to work off the family debt in service to the man she calls demonio–devilishly handsome private investor Hale Forester.
MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR …
Uprooted from her childhood home in exotic Brazil to work for Hale at his sprawling Napa Valley estate, Eliana soon realizes that the ruthless man who can make or break her family has a secret past … and the power to break her heart.