I am often involved in some interesting exchanges on Facebook. I belong to a couple different writers groups there and I try to help out as best I can if I have something constructive or helpful to say in response to writers and their questions. But a few weeks ago, a a topic was posted that really got the home fires burning. People came down on one side of the other and it was a powder keg topic. Some writers run away from those kind of topics because they don’t want to be involved in any kind of conflict whatsoever. I think that living in a dream world and that you sometimes just have to draw a line in the sand and give an opinion one way or another. This was one of those times and this is exactly what I did in reference to profanity and vulgar story elements in novels and having a rating system.
How do you define success? If you ask five different people you just may get five different answers. Success – if we are looking at this with wise eyes – is a different metric for every individual. But it’s apparent that some people are more successful than others when it comes to that individual metric. People will give all kinds of myriad reasons why that is the case. The truth of the matter is, successful people have successful habits. In these habits have turned their lives into something worth living.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot and pressing into different forms of literature to renew my mind so that I will also have success by creating an environment of habits that is conducive to that goal.
I believe it’s important to learn from others’ success as well as failures. Each can save us tons of headaches in life in general. Personally, I get a kick out of reading about a successful indie writer’s process. Actually, any writer’s process seeing that it’s a tough profession to be in. I found an interview with indie romance author Kristen James and thought it would be good to highlight some of things she’s done to be successful.
Never was there a time in publishing history where independent publishing was such a viable business model for authors. We now have the power to take total control of our work, from the writing to the editing to the cover design to the marketing. It’s all right at our fingertips. But how is that translating in terms of cash? Moola? Lettuce? Scrilla? Greenbacks? Is anyone out there making any money? What are the numbers saying?