Monday, August 10, 2009
How do you measure success?
Would you rather have someone gush over your book, or sell a lot of copies?
Yeah, I know, both.
But what if you had to choose?
The reason I'm asking is that I actually had a couple of people gush over my book recently. One reader talked to my wife for over five minutes about how much he loved the story, especially the ending.
The other said that her husband had gotten upset with her because on a trip she was holed up in her room reading, instead of spending time with him. At one point she stayed up until 4am so that she could read the ending.
How cool is that?
I'm talking about my self-published airplane thriller. It's called "Lost in the Sky" and available on Amazon.com or on the Kindle.
Now this is one of my earlier books, and while I wouldn't consider it a bad book, based on what I know now, I could make it better.
I like the premise, I like the action, it's actually a fun read, but I am sure if I worked on it for a while, I could deepen the characters, and enhance the plot, but I don't want to. I want to work on the next one.
The novel hasn't been a raging success, but it also hasn't been a flop. I am sure if I put together a targeted marketing campaign, I could increase the sales. But I'm at the point where I want to write the next one instead of trying to market something I did long ago.
So back to the question. Gushing or commercial success?
I enjoy the gushing, quite a lot actually. What about you?