“Develop success from failure. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie
For those of you who don’t know who this influential and superbly brilliant man was, I suggest you GOOGLE him or open the name link above. Many of Dale Carnegie’s teachings in his breakthrough book How to Win Friends and Influence People can be directly related to whether or not you consider yourself and your writing as successful or as failures.
As I mentioned previously, take ten writers and ask them what success means to them with regard to their writing and you will get ten individual, different answers. The same can be said of failure. I was at a writing conference recently and an agent said that if you have a writing blog, you need to have at least ten thousand hits per week to be considered a success if you are querying a publisher. Ten thousand. Per week. I’ve had this blog up since february and I’ve had a grand total of 584 hits since then. So, am I considered a failure by this agent’s guidelines? Yup.
At that same conference I attended a session about social media. The maven at that one stated categorically that you need a minimum of ten-to-twenty thousand followers in order to promote your book through TWITTER. Anything less than that and you won’t generate any buzz about your books, which will translate into not making any money from non-existent sales. Again, I’m a failure in her eyes.
I left the conference considering my choice of writing as a boondoggle.
By the time I got back home, that thought went the way of the dinosaur and disappeared from the face of the earth.
Social media is a very powerful tool this days. I’ll admit that freely. If and when I have a book published I will certainly take advantage of my Twitter followers ( all 80 of them! )and my Facebook friendships to help generate buzz and sales. But I certainly don’t consider myself as a writing failure because I don’t have hundreds of thousands of people checking in on a smartphone to see what I’m up to. No. Taking the above quote into consideration, I will post my successes along the way and HOPE two friends will tell two friends, who will tell two more friends, and so on and so on.
I still believe in my heart and mind that the best way to get people to read your work is to write a good story that they can’t put down and don’t want to. Everything else will fall from that. I am not a failure if I write a good story.