Pantser, no two ways about it. Of course I foof around a lot with enjoyable distractions before settling down to write. Whereas a plotter will plonk down at their PC at the same time daily. Yet all my seeming procrastination stimulates my creativity and my productivity.
What mark-john clifford and Brian van der Spuy said (because they said it better). Also, I know two self-published authors who would *kill* for what you’ve accomplished so far. Especially the “so far” part. So yes, dammit, Nicole, you are a successful author! Don’t let some (totally arbitrary, IMHO) numbers make you doubt yourself. You rock.
I think the target is always moving and in self-publishing, authors need to make sure that whatever target they want to hit, to make sure that it hasn’t moved since they did “hit” it. Success is what you make it. Some authors want to write that one book and not care whether it sells one or 500 copies. Some authors watch the chart every day and after the first 500, then they move the target for a higher number.
30 claps for funding, writing and publishing your book. Awesome!
10 claps for the introspective look at what constitutes success. Yes, you have achieved something truly fantastic.
10 claps as penance for answering your question about the nature of success using the parable of Schrödinger’s cat…