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Many authors ask themselves what it means to be truly successful. Many of them believe that success comes with fame. Others think that success comes with money. Others long for a bestseller status. What does success mean to you?

Yes, fame is cool and royalty checks are something no author complains about (the more the merrier). However, if you are an independent author or are supported by a small publisher, the road to glory and wealth is long and full of thorns. And today not even a big publisher can guarantee that your book will be the next hit. It doesn’t mean that becoming a successful author in terms of recognition and royalties is impossible. It’s just important to understand that being an author is a journey and that writing a book is the easy part. Promoting yourself and your book requires hard work, strong will, faith and a certain amount of stubbornness that doesn’t let you give up. According to statistics, 95% of newly published authors give up pursuing their writing career during the first twelve month simply because once they begin to understand how the book business works, they lose hope and abandon their dream.

Of course, every author dreams of having his or her name on the bestseller list. Did you know that New York Times bestsellers are not really bestsellers? Many of the books don’t even sell that well before they appear on the list. And even if your book sells like hot cakes it doesn’t guarantee a spot on the “dream list”. Amazon bestsellers are a different story. Any book can become an Amazon bestseller if the author has enough money (anything between 15 and 60 thousand dollars) for a bestselling campaign. Big publishing houses pay for Amazon bestselling campaigns all the time. These campaigns are quite controversial in the eyes of many but I don’t condemn them. Personally, I consider them just another marketing strategy that is highly effective and usually works if planned and supervised by a real marketing professional with enough experience.

I am a successful author. I haven’t appeared in New York Times (yet), I haven’t become an Amazon bestselling author (yet), I haven’t sold millions of books (yet). But yes, I am successful. I’m proud of myself. And if you’re an author, you should be too. Being a successful author means writing a good book that finds its way to readers. Receiving positive reviews. Hearing words of praise from those who love your book. Seeing that your book changes people’s lives and makes their days a little bit nicer. Realizing that you’re making a difference in this world. And it also means not giving up when things get tough, not abandoning your book and fighting for its place in the sun. This is what makes a successful author.

I write for my readers and for myself. I write for the joy of writing. I write because it makes me happy. And I suggest you do the same. Only then you can call yourself a successful author.

Barbora Knobova is a writer, love coach and expert in Delicious Life. A world traveler, she is one of those rare world citizens who live everywhere and nowhere. Barbora is a firm believer in female friendship, loyalty and bonding. She writes hilarious, sharp-witted, caustically apt, ironic, moving, true books for strong, independent, smart, fearless women. Barbora has also written several self-improvement books and teaches women about the importance of self-love in relationships and life in general. Barbora speaks eight languages and has found her home away from home in New York, London and Milan. She is always on the move, accompanied by her beagle Brinkley, the nasty dog from her new book Tales for Delicious Girls.
Visit her website at http://www.barboraknobova.com

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