Seriously, how many readers look for a certain publisher or kind of publisher? Few. I've never sought books by Random House over books by Joe Blow. If the cover and blurb and read ahead interest me, I buy.
As for images and stigma and all that jazz, times are changing. Is there less stigma for self published now than say 10 years ago? Sure. Did Mark Twain or Stephen Crane have stigma at first? Maybe. Control has shifted away from editors, publishers and gatekeepers to readers, the people. If an Indie makes the mistake of putting out poor product, then he's tarnishing his own image, not all of Indie publishing. There are no scarlet A's on books by Indies, after all.
I agree completely. The perfect can be the enemy of the good. When I see my work as good enough, it usually is my best. When I read it over a year or two later, it surprises me that I was even able to write it. When I get that glow I know I didn't publish too soon. So back off this guy. He has a truth to tell.
My name is Lisa Lee I'm new to this forum and new to KDP. I just recently published my first graphic novel under the pen name ellex deux. For a while I had twinge of doubt about sharing it with the rest of the world but I thought what the heck, just take the leap of faith and see where it goes from there. I guess the first post of this thread pretty much echoed in my head when I took that leap. I know it can use great deal of improvement and I do intend to edit and republish in the future, once my head clears and I reread my book to catch what I didn't before. And any advices and feedbacks will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!
It's usually best to 'just publish' when you're confident you've done the best job you can. Bunging something up without first properly editing, rereading will likely reward you with poor reviews and ratings. Yes, you can get paranoid about wondering if it's your best, and there's never a hundred percent certainty, but never publish with the aim of editing, proofreading as a job that knowingly needs doing later.