Recently I came across the astute comment that money often serves as a proxy for self-regard. Of course this is well known – just ask the guy driving the Camaro trying to impress the ladies! Much of the discussion about self-publishing recently comes down to the facts of who makes how much money and is therefore better than or equal to or otherwise validated by the world at large.
If you’re relying on sales to prove how good you are, I don’t think you’ll ever sell enough. You have to know you’re good. Self-regard comes from within. As the Swervedriver song goes:
If you’re waiting for the world to get it,
If you’re waiting for the world, forget it.
I’m not waiting for the world.