Here are a few things that may or may not help you as you move forward in your publishing career. Feel free to graze, take what you like, and maybe just store the rest for later reflection or consideration.
One of the greatest tools used by those who would disparage Indie publishing is the “outlier” myth. The outlier myth (OM) goes like this: When discussing the merits of Indie publishing, you are not allowed to mention any successful Indie published authors. Why? Because anyone who is successful is an outlier.
Indie Authors are Independent Business Owners. They MUST monitor the market and have the flexibility to adapt to what readers want.
“I’m an accidental Amish Sci-Fi writer.” I said this during a recent NPR interview and got a good laugh out of my interviewer. “Explain that!” he said. I never intended to be a fiction author, though I knew I’d really enjoy writing fiction.