The Guardian ran a nice piece on Amanda Hocking, the woman who has become the face of the new self-publishing movement by selling millions of books on the Kindle. I highly recommend you read about this and how Amanda did it.
While I find her story inspirational, I also realize it’s not going to be typical. Not many authors are going to find her success. She wrote great books (I think) and got them in the right place, at the right time when an audience wanted them. Luck, is a huge part of publishing success.
The writer who made millions by self-publishing online
A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, made her unpublished novel available on the Kindle. She has since sold over 1.5m books and, in the process, changed publishing forever.