Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What is Success? (or "You're the Best! Around!"*)

*With apologies to Joe Esposito

Tip of the Day: Write outside during nice weather for a change of scenery and fresh inspiration -- and to make you feel like you're not missing the summer by sitting at your PC.

"Success" means different things to different people. To me, it means accomplishing the goals that I've set for myself, the goals that I have control over.

In writing, it means taking myself and my work seriously. It means creating work that says what I mean to convey, creating work that entertains my CPs and reader friends.

It does not mean signing a publishing contract.

Yes, I WANT a contract! I would LOVE a contract. Don't get me wrong here, people! I may be waxing rare sentimentalities here, but I haven't lost my mind. :)

But as far as being a success at my writing, a contract is not a measure.

And this weekend, when my manpanion's band Filthy Funk played two super hot sets at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, played the best they have ever played for 1000 people, they succeeded.

No, they don't have a contract with a record label for their fabulous self-produced CD, but whoever saw them in action would never deny that on Friday night, they were a huge, rocking success.

Watch a song from the performance here and here.

Yes, they would also like a record deal for in order to spread their music to more of the masses, but with or without it, they are musicians. And with or without a publishing contract, I am a YA/MG novelist.

Keep on working and success will come!

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing


Kristina Springer said...

Great post Deena!

Ghost Girl said...

Amen, sister! Wish I could have been there!

Kate Fall said...

Awesome Deena! We'll never succeed unless we're putting it out there "on stage."

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