I like Mark Terry because he keeps it real on his blog. In this post about indie presses versus big publishers he basically says it’s not worth it to go with the indies.
It comes down to this: if the goal is just to get published, then small presses are certainly a potential avenue. If you’re looking at a fiction writing career, where you actually make real money and might be able to live off it, then small presses are something of a long shot.
I find that incredibly honest advice coming from someone in the industry. I’m not sure how the indie presses that may be looking at his new work will feel, but maybe he’s decided he doesn’t care and at this point, he’s going big or going home.