A lot of people ask, “How do I know when I’ve made it as an author?”
The answer is simple. You’ve made it when readers place a high value on your work, which includes showcasing it in a prominent place.
On a recent trip to a friend’s place, I found my collection The Lookout and Other Stories:
I laughed, took a picture, and secretly inscribed the title page: “I’m glad my book found a good home.”