As a writer, you know you’ve made it when one of your invented words ends up in the Oxford Dictionary. eg.
Here’s the Oxford Dictionary definitnon of Steampunk (See here for the origin of the word)
My definition of Steampunk – A reason to wear really cool costumes and celebrate intricate and elegant machinery from a time when things were not designed to wear out in 2 years to force you to buy the next model.
See my article on the Allure of Steampunk here.