One of the things is I love authors who are transparent about their sales as it provides others coming up in the industry to see what is possible. Each month on the Kindle board we have a "Who is brave enough to post their sales for xxx month". And I just got done scouring it and analyzing data from it. If you want to see the data you can here.
I've mentioned at Water Cooler that the people over here are not 'extra-ordinary' - well let me take that back they are extra ordinary as people - but as writers they are not the "outliers" that only a few can achieve - i.e. Hocking, Locke, Meyers, King. The people there for the most part are good solid "middle of the road" people who have found that self-publishing can be more lucrative than traditional. In the link I posted only 1 - (Victorine Lieskie) had hit the Amazon Top 100 (Michael got close with 102 for a few hours ;-)) Everyone else are just showing "good solid" sales.
I'm amazed by each and every one of these people as they show what is possible with the key ingredients to success: a) Talent b) Skill c) Perseverance d) Hard work I congratulate each and every one of you. You deserve all the riches you are achieving.