“Depends on what you define as success. I can pay my phone bill with my royalties now,” I answered.
This was an amazing statement, considering that my royalties were less than $10 for years. I make about $2.75 per $4 book and, of course, pay taxes on the total amount at the end of the year.
October has been my best month on Amazon in the 3 years I’ve published – and every month increases in sales. Am I doing more promoting? No. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to that. However, I do have a backlist of 12 books and that’s the key (8 books as Raven, 4 under a nom de plume). Sales are spread pretty evenly throughout, minus a couple (Esprit, Vole and The Words Remain) which are mainly used for giveaways.
Success isn’t just money and paying bills, but damn if it isn’t satisfying to see my writing start to cover expenses! My dream is to have enough passive income streams so that I can live the writer’s life full-time. It’s starting to happen, and that’s success to me.