Today Newsarama ran another story [link]about Diamonds new policy and quoted me. That was a bit of a shock. Self-publishing can be tough and sometimes just hearing someone say something nice or even mentioning you can be very rewarding. It'd be great to get recognized for some awards or something, but I'm not good at kissing up or being fake. This kind of recognition feels better though and makes me feel like I did something right. I've helped a lot of Indie people get attention and introduced them to lots of my connections. Sometimes they turn their back on you and never pay it forward, but sometimes your hard work gets noticed and you realize you've made some impact. Back in December 2003 Drumfish's first SENTINELS book came out. At the time, to the best of my knowledge, I was the first person self-publishing straight to trade. And it turned out to be the best thing I could have done. I always encouraged others to go that route and it seems now that might be the only way for the Indie publisher to survive. It's not easy, but I still think you can succeed. Anyone looking to self-publish and has questions, don't hesitate to write and ask any questions you might have.