When You've "Made It"

You’re having coffee with your best friend (or other choice) and you tell her/him proudly, “I’ve finally made it as a writer!”
Your best friend, having been there through the huge pile of rejections and the modest amount of acceptances, smiles at you and tells you congratulations. Your latte tastes better than you remember and the day seems brighter. You crack a broad grin and tell him/her coffee’s on you. Your friend then asks, "So, what was the defining moment?"
We all have our definition of success whether we’re writers or not. For many, it means being financially secure in their chosen profession which is no different for most writers. However, financial security isn’t the only factor writers look toward. Such as:

1. Attaining the title of Bestselling Author
2. Six-figure advances
3. Number of books published
4. Certain awards received
But some goals aren’t as economically driven/fame-finding/huge. Some writers just want to start a discussion and, when they find a market, they consider it a win. Other writers only want to write one good book and then move on to something else. Heck, there are even a few just writing until it stops being interesting.
So, the question for today is:

What is your definition of “making it” in your life/writing?


  1. Hi, my definition would be as follows:
    (1)Respected and regarded as a good writer
    (2)earning a substantial income, self sustaining income, one that can support us.
    (3)Having my book(s) turned into a movie...

  2. Getting my books out there for readers to enjoy. Money is not as important to me as running into someone who read one of my books and loved it. That's making it.

  3. Wow, both good answers! I don't really know how I define it but I did reach what I consider somewhat of a cool milestone. But I will save that for when I finally hold the evidence.