By Nancy Fulda at nancyfulda.livejournal.com:
When I made my first halting steps into kindle publishing, I was fortunate enough to stumble headlong into Maria Schneider, author of Catch an Honest Thief. She’s been treading the independent waters for years, and taught me pretty much everything I know about indie publishing. Thank you, Maria!
Today, I’ll focus on kindle publishing, but the principles apply equally well to Nook, Smashwords, PubIt, and other distribution systems.
LESSON #1: Content Comes First
This ought to be a no-brainer, but I’m going to spell it out anyway. Don’t assume that just because kindle publishing has no gatekeepers, you can skip important steps like revision, peer critiques, proofreading, and so forth. Take your time and write a manuscript that’s every bit as worthy of New York publishing as the ones you were actually sending out to agents.