Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s stuff like this that keeps me going.
I listen to a show called the Self-Publishing Podcast. One thing they pointed out recently is that publishing has always been about hard work and dedication, but before it was still a lottery. You could do all that work and still never get noticed by agents or publishers.
Now, your hard work can be directly proportionate to how successful you are. It’s still a bitch, but now at least you don’t have to rely on arbitrary gatekeepers that are only looking for the next bestseller.