Tuesday, August 31, 2021

IWSG Blog Hop: Defining My Success as a Writer

 

Insecure Writer's Blog Hop
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The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
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Thanks to our awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG   Blog Hope: Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie!
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September 1 question - How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?

I have to admit I felt the exhilaration of pride and accomplishment when I held my paperback book in my hand. I mean, opening the box of books from amazon was akin to the excitement of opening Christmas gifts when I was a kid. I feel that way with every one of my published books. Check out the video at the bottom of the page. I am opening the amazon package containing the paperback copies of my memoir, Arranging a Dream. A certified emotional moment for me.

When I started writing, my publisher only pubbed eBooks at a time when hardly anyone had heard of eBooks, let alone read them. I was thrilled to have the published eBooks and felt successful in having them accessible to readers online. But instead of promoting my eBooks at book signings (however, you cannot sign eBooks), I spent more time teaching visitors to my table how to order them and explain how to read them on a reading device. 

I did a happy dance when my publisher decided to sell my books in paperback. Afterall, the dictionary definition of a book is "a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers." 

I still consider eBooks as books worthy of being read. They just don't have actual book covers and pages to turn. I enjoy a story no matter if I click or turn the pages. How about you? Please leave a comment or question below. As a writer, is having an eBook published equivalent to the feeling of success as having a paperback or hardcover book?

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16 comments:

  1. That must have been awesome to open your box of books. I still really like print books but also enjoy reading ebooks too. I don't think of them of as any less a book.

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    1. Thanks. Truly awesome. Now if I could figure out the key of opening up sales!!

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  2. Hi,
    I can very well understand you doing a happy dance when you received print copies of Arranging A Dream. I am very happy for you. You Go, Girl!

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  3. That's cool you made the video of opening your books!
    I'm an eBook only person, so I'm grateful my books are in both formats. Plus audio.

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    1. Thanks. I'd like to have some audio books too. Slow, but sure.

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  4. I prefer holding a copy of a book myself, but do read my fair share of eBooks. Great video. Cheers!

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  5. That must have been a rush for you, J.Q. And the cover is beautiful. Great job.

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    1. Thank you!!! The cover was designed by Michelle Lee.

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  6. What an exciting moment! Loved the video. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the video. Thank you for stopping in.

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  7. Hey, JQ. Love the video. I may copy you when I get my next print book. There is nothing like feeling it in your hands, but I do prefer reading an ebook, now. Just easier. I've shared. :)

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    1. Yes! I look forward to your new release AND seeing you open your box of new books. I really enjoy ebooks too. Easier on the eyes. And silly me, when I am reading a print book, I still try to highlight a word to get the definition! LOL..Don't tell anybody.

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  8. It really is a thrill holding our books!!
    I read almost exclusively on devices these days - love having a book with me no matter where I am!

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    1. You bet it is thrilling, Jemi! I feel better when I know I have a good book to read either print or eBook. We are so fortunate to live in this age and time.

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