Back in a post, Shawn from Down Home Thoughts had the following comment:
“So is an author a successful writer? You might play off the shades of meaning between the two. I tend to see authors as published and successful whereas a writer is still trying.”
This got me thinking of my own definitions. Back on December 5, 2012 I even made a post about writer, author, and storyteller title. I believe I said I jumped among the roles. Though I might have come to that conclusion later. My point here is that I think every person who puts dream to paper has a different thought about this. An author can be seen as a successful writer only when published. There are different grades here depending on what you consider published. Other people can say an author is someone who has finished a book. It’s all about your personal perspective.
The other part of this discussion is success. It’s really hard to figure out because it depends on your goal. A person who seeks to make a millions won’t see success with a few thousand dollars, but a person who wants to pay a few bills will claim victory. One that is seeking reviews or some non-monetary recognition won’t even look at the dollar amount. That becomes icing on their cake. Then you have writers/authors out there who see hitting publish as the mark of success. After all, that’s a terrifying moment the first time you get that far. Second through ninth isn’t much better. So people are very proud of that fleeting milestone.
So success is different for each person in the literary world. What is it for you?