"Success can make you go one of two ways — it can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out."
Early success has destroyed both artists and writers. Just like actors and athletes, writers and artists stumble under the weight of success and often make serious mistakes. Some stop writing so they can live the life of a writer. Some start drinking to overcome their anxieties. Just because the first novel was a huge success doesn't mean the second or third will be. Now that I am well up there in age, I am glad that I did not have success when I was young. Success often blocks the creative spirit and one has to spend time playing the role of the great writer or artist. My wish for you is that when you become successful that you handle it with grace and calm.