Many authors, even moderately successful ones, have another job to supplement their income and I think this is why so many writers feel a failure because they are unable to live off their writing alone.
But surely a successful writing career is more than making millions off one book alone? After all, money does not make one happy, it only guarantees a better class of misery.
However, every writer has to start somewhere and no one can say you won't achieve the fame and fortune of Stephen King some day.
So how do you know if your books are successful?
- Are you only a success if all your books are Hollywood films?
- Are you a success if every book you write turns into a film but the critics all hate it?
- What about if you only sell one book per month but only receive 5 star ratings?
- What if you sell a hundred copies per day but only receive low ratings?
- Are you successful if your writing is technical genius but everyone hates it?
- What if your writing is full of errors but everyone loves it?
So, are you a successful writer?