Success: the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.
That's a pretty good definition.
So in publishing what defines success?
Getting an agent?
A book deal?
Making the NYT bestseller list?
Where do you aim? Some of my best friends, Suzette and Bethany, have this on their blog. It inspires me greatly.
"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." ~Pamela Vaull Starr
So combining my life and writing worlds together, this is how I define success:
- Not eating that girl scout cookie. Okay, not eating the whole box.
- Writing THE END. Finally.
- Reading good books. Lotsa good books.
- Curling up with a blanket and the DVR.
- Walking in the park. With sun, please.
- Feeding the ducks. Even with all the crazy-quacking and my heart pounding with the fear that I'm going to have to kick them off my kid and wondering how bad it might hurt to be bitten by a freaking duck.
- Arriving on time.
- Signing that agency contract.
- Reading amazing blogs.
- Emailing good friends for epic lunch dates.
- Phone conversations with my DH on the way home.
- Saying "I love you" and meaning it.
- Saying "I'm sorry" and meaning it.
- Not answering the phone when I don't recognize the number. Or even when I do.
- Listening to my favorite song (Nothing from Chorus Line) on Pandora. And then turning it up real loud.
- Hearing someone playing the piano in my house.
- Meeting authors.
- Merely walking through Barnes & Noble, with that smell of pages and pages of wonder.
- Sharing this blog with all of you.
And yes, getting that book deal. Landing that agent. Running my fingers over my name on the cover of my book.
Do you think there's an end to success? And you tell me: In your world, what defines success?