So many authors talk about not feeling like a “success”.

Authors complain when they get nominated for awards but never win. Others said they win awards, but don’t have sales. Or they get sales but no reviews. Or were upset when they got reviews but no nominations for awards. Or are frustrated they are published in trade paperback instead of hardcover, or in mass market and not trade…you get the idea.

Is there a psychology of success for authors?

The Dali Lama said if you compare yourself to people who have more than you, you will always be unhappy.  But if you compare yourself to people who have less that you, you will always be happy.

Why do we have to compare ourselves to anyone? Can every writer really be “big”? Does every book honestly have that potential? Is it easier for some topics and kinds of books to take off? Or win awards? Or get reviews?  And what if you don’t write those kind of books? So many questions all to often asked.

If you want to replace your day job with being a full-time author–whether that is on a self-published, indie, legacy, or hybrid track—you have some tough work and tougher decisions. Whiley our mind can be your greatest enemy, it can also be your greatest ally.

Perception dictates reality.

You need to get your head in the game and make certain you’re framing your goals in a way that increases your odds of realizing your dreams.


Every author should self-publish – at least one book – to see for themselves. There is so much myth and misinformation about self-publishing the only way to know if it’s for you is to try it and see. That, it seems to me, is what any open-minded, success-oriented author would do. This will inspire you to write another book and go the traditional way of publishing.

And therein lies a divide that seems to me to be far more significant than the trade-published versus self-published divide that gets so much attention in the publishing community: the divide between those authors who have what psychologists call a “growth mindset” and those who do not.

The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it. — Julia Child

I think the most important thing, writers can do, is figure out how to define what success will mean to them and focus on that.

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“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish. She has mentored many authors and edited their work.”