On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success

Reblogging this, since even though it has nothing to do with indie publishing, it’s very close to the message I often try to get across: WORK! 🙂

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

Photo on 7-13-16 at 4.28 PM #3

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over on Tumblr about success.

I’d just walked into a bookshop in Edinburgh, hoping, as many author do, to spot my own work tucked away somewhere on the shelf. When I found not one, but two major displays–a table stand and a wall runner–I stood very still, trying to make a memory, and then, realizing I couldn’t be counted on, I snapped a photo instead. The photo doesn’t do the feelings justice.

These days I see my name paired more and more with the words “overnight success”, and I’ve heard that the average overnight success takes 10 years. It’s taken me 9, so if that means I’m ahead of the curve, so be it.

I started writing when I was a kid, poetry mostly, didn’t try my hand at anything longer than a short story until I was in college. I wrote…

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2 thoughts on “On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success”

  1. Thanks so much for this, Ruth, I LOVE her books. Great and inspiring post…XXXXX

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