Tomorrow marks a week since I published my first book and I must say, the whole experience has been extremely interesting.
First thing, is that it's really hard to get someone to buy your book. You blog, you tweet, you forum post, you goodreads, you shelfari...usually to no avail. It's really, really hard.
Secondly, no matter what, everyone who speaks to you is just trying to get you to buy their book. "Cool pic" and a twitter mention usually means that they want you to buy their book. They don't think your pictures are cool. Your picture probably isn't cool. Just accept it, we're all selling all the time.
Third, Kindle royalties are low. 35 percent or 70 percent. We're talking well below minimum wage standards here.
Fourth, getting seen is hard. It's like throwing a dot of red food coloring into the ocean. You're not going to turn it red. You're not even going to turn it purple. Not even lilac. It's really difficult.
Fifth, it's fun. There's nothing wrong with it. Unless you went overboard hiring editors and cover designers and buying ads, you've got nothing to lose (financial, at least).
Just don't quit your day job.