Success – What does it mean to you?

As a writer, there can be personal success and public success. Personal success could be mean creating something and getting a feeling of achievement when you finish it. It could be self-publishing a book and seeing the finished product for sale. This is where personal success crosses over into public success. To see a child read and enjoy one of my children’s books gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction. Good reviews from people I don’t know personally, and especially good reviews from my writing peers means personal and public success to me.

To be printed by a traditional publisher would make me feel like ‘a real writer’ and would give me public recognition that I am a ‘professional’. If I made money while enjoying writing books that would be a great thing, but it is not my main motivation to write.

Personal success for a writer would be to love what he is writing and to write out of the joy of his heart. He feels that he couldn’t live without writing and, because of that belief, he actually writes, not just thinks about doing it someday – Sierra Close,thinks%20about%20doing%20it%20someday.

Successful Moments

At the book launch of my first children’s book, ‘Rory Gumboots’, at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford. A successful moment for me.
My second cousin’s grand-daughter, Emmaline Lecroy, who lives in the USA, four years ago. She was very proud to talk about her family and share her books with her classmates on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. She wanted to dress as Jacques from my book, ‘Hattie and Jacques Love London’. I was very touched by this.

This quote from my friend’s grandson made me feel very successful.

It was that good that I didn’t want it to end. So I stopped in the middle and went back to the beginning – 11 year old, Karl Adam – about my book, ‘Frances Darwin Investigates’.

7 thoughts on “Success – What does it mean to you?”

  1. It must be very rewarding to know that children are so excited by your efforts that they attend a public reading, don’t want the story to end, or enjoy dressing up as one of your main characters for a school event. Congratulations on being able to connect so well with your audience! Full disclosure, I am the grandmother of Emmaline who dressed up as Jacques at school 4 years ago!

  2. Thank you for sharing these special moments, Eileen. I didn’t feel like I was an author for several years. I don’t know why. I was published. I remember the day I held a book I co-wrote under contract for Barbour Publishing. They produced a beautiful book. When I saw it, I cried. I think all authors have their special moments.

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