Those who know me or attend my writing workshops know that I'm a huge fan of planning. Whether it's a novel, a career, a project, I love to take the time and plan out the activities in advance.
So as I await feedback from my beta readers on the Ross 128 ms, I'm planning for more activities: the book promotion tour, marketing materials, workshops, writing a non-fiction how-to book, and developing story ideas for my next novel. On top of this, there's the ongoing relationship with Tellwell, my chosen publishing vehicle for Ross 128, and the learning curve involved in that.
Planning for a successful writing career comes down to planning an ongoing series of successful activities. It's about putting in the time, battling through Seth Godin's "dip", or paying your dues if you're old school. If you're contemplating a career in writing because you think writers are all living like Margaret Atwood or Stephen King, remember they didn't get there overnight. It requires a lot of planning and action, one step at a time, to get there.