Self-Publishing Success: 3 Tips for Finding Your Definition

3 Tips to Defining Your Success

1. It’s not all about the benjamins.
Everybody wants to make money doing what they love. But defining your success by dollar signs is a quick way to lose faith in yourself. There are other, bigger dreams out there that will probably make you feel better than earning an income from your book. The pride that comes from sharing your work with others is incredible, especially when they respond positively to what you’ve worked so hard to do. Making your family proud is even better (and sometimes easier) than pleasing yourself. Set your focus on the intangibles, the good feelings that come from doing something you love, and you might find that it brings financial gains along with it anyway.

2. Do your research.
Find out what other self-published authors in your genre have achieved in terms of sales, fan following, reviews, etc. This will help you set realistic expectations for what you can do, but also to push yourself to take things one step beyond what other authors have been able to achieve.

3. Keep making adjustments.
As several of you mentioned in the comments of our discussion post on Monday, the key to defining success is to write your definition in pencil. With every achievement you reach, add something new to your definition. Start with finishing your manuscript and then update it to cover the publishing of your book and then update it again to reflect a new sales goal. Keep growing as you go and your definition of success will grow along with you.

Any other advice for your fellow authors?

What other ways do you define success in self-publishing? What helps you stay motivated and keep pushing even when things aren’t going your way? Share your thoughts in the comments


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