Authors who have been self-publishing for years realize that today, self-publishing is mainstream.
In 2015, The Passive Voice published several posts on indie authors quitting their day jobs; they were the most commented-on posts in the history of the blog. Many thousands of authors revealed that they went full-time in 2015.
However in 2016, things got a lot tougher. Not only did Amazon tighten its spam-fighting algorithms, some authors found that their ebook sales were dropping off a cliff. I wrote blog posts on both those things…
More on Amazon tackling spammers here.
More on ebook sales’ slumps here.