This is an interesting article on indies who have signed with traditional publishing companies (and a few who passed up the first deal). It’s these interesting angles that can see you through the rough spots, like lagging sales or writer’s block.
The important thing I took away from this article is this: There’s an increasing amount of competition out there. With some brilliant writers in the market your story needs to be as polished and as perfect as possible. You only get one chance to make an impression on a new reader. If your book isn’t as engaging and clean as it can be then you’ve lost your chance at getting a second sale. There are other indies out there who are making sure they can offer quality material on a consistent basis.
Think about it this way: Everyone with an idea and a computer can publish a book. In that vast sea of material, there are droves of authors with perfect manuscripts. You need to be on your game – and that’s when the magic can happen.