I'm still trying to make sense of all this.
Last July, I self-published my first novel. I'd been working on it a long time, largely thanks to the posse of Kickstarter backers who funded my writing time two years prior. The original plan was to pursue traditional publishing, but when that hit a snag, I decided I owed it to my backers to get the book in their hands as soon as possible. I stopped writing queries, hired an awesome cover artist, and put it out there. Some folks read it, and liked it. People said they'd like to read another. I was satisfied, and figured that was that.