I admit it. I check my Amazon sales rank a couple of times a day. I can’t seem to help myself. I look nervously around the web for reviews. I hope this is normal.
I think it is.
Everyone wants to be successful at whatever they attempt. I mean, who goes into anything thinking, “Gee, I hope this doesn’t work out.”
But what is success? How do I define it when it comes to Charlotte Collins?
Is it selling 1,000 copies and getting a contract with a big publisher?
Sure, that would be great.
But even if that never happens, I have already achieved success. In fact, I have achieved a lot of success. Success builds on success, and sometimes even failures can be turned into successes, depending on the way you look at them.
Here’s the way I look at it:
- I finished a novel! This is the biggest jewel in the crown as far as I’m concerned. Writing a novel has been my dream since I read Anne of Green Gables.
- I gave my novel as gift to my mother-in-law for Christmas, and she loved it. An actual person read and liked my book.
- On my mother-in-law’s advice, I sent it to a published friend, and she suggested I attempt publication. Wow! Two people liked it!
- I took the risk of sending it to agents and publishers, and even though I didn’t meet with sucess in the traditional way, I got very good responses.
- I started my own publishing company. I never would have done that if the publishers hadn’t rejected me. Another success, and this one came out of what seemed like failure.
- Someone not related to me bought a copy! I still can’t believe it.
- In fact, lots of people have bought copies! I really can’t believe it. I’m on track for meeting my goal of selling 1,000 copies in a year.
- Charlotte Collins has gotten great reviews from the Austen world. What an honor!
Am I on the NYT bestseller list? Hardly.
Am I in the top 100 on any Amazon lists? Nope.
And even if I don’t get a big publishing contract, I have acheived success with Charlotte Collins. I would consider myself successful with just the first two bullets on my list: finishing a novel and having one person read and like it. Everything else is amazing, wonderful, and beyond my expectations.
I am so thankful to be able to do this and I am thankful for every sale, review, and note of encouragement I get from my readers.
I have readers!
And to thank you all, I am in the process of writing you a Christmas gift. Only 67 more days….