For few other writers success is measured in terms of getting a huge advance. Big advance equals a huge buzz which ensures a steady mention by the different media. Advances do arouse the interest factor and also ensure that people get familiar with both the writer and the book.
Success for some would be the number of copies sold. More copies equals to more people reading our books which is also equivalent to more royalty. The more people who read our stories the wider is our reach. While there are a few who believe that winning awards is the ultimate sign of being successful as an author. I feel winning awards does make the road towards publishing smoother and faster. Though award winning authors may not be selling many copies of their books, they are albeit taken seriously atleast by the literatti.
For me the definition of success has changed with time. Initially it was just to find a publisher. After a few books of mine hit the shelves, my idea of success changed to a fervent desire to see the book go into several reprints.
Now it is to get an agent and also hope that the agent is able to sell the manuscript. I would hate to find my agent and then face disappointment when the manuscript remains unsold.
Personally, I think I would consider myself successful if my books sell well, irrespective of the advances I get, irrespective of the publishing houses who publish my books. More and more I am noticing atleast in India, that smaller, previously unheard of publishing houses are coming out with books that are selling remarkably well ; the number of copies sold is phenomenal.
What is the hallmark of success as a writer for you? Is it a huge advance, a big agent, a large publishing house, being on the best-seller list for weeks, winning awards, or just getting published. Please share your views.