I recently posted a short poll on twitter asking writers how many books they needed to sell to consider it a success. I was surprised by the answer.

44% said 1-500 books sold would constitute success.

11% said 501-1,500

11% said 1501-3500

34% said 3501+

Almost half of the respondents said selling any book at all makes it worthwhile, which I find admirable. There is immense satisfaction is writing and publishing a book.

What surprised me is that one third said 3501+, indicating they see writing as their business. The followup question I would like to ask them is how many have achieved this level of success and whether there is a monetary level attached to their belief.

What do you think? How many book sales would it take for you to consider yourself successful?