Since I'm more of a consumer of books I don't spend too much time thinking about the challenges of selling books or the extra big challenge of being a debut author. Skipping about the webbie I came by this post from a debut author. Her thoughts on being an author (esp a debut author) as publishing comes to grips with the digital age were pretty interesting... and so were her other comments not necessarily related to the internet.
Also, I'd heard of her new novel but have not read it. If you have, do you recommend it?