Just an update for you, Captain! You're good. My novel will be self published within a week or two. How I learned to write and how all this e-Publishing stuff works is so beyond different, it threw me for a loop and I completely understand what you meant about catering to the average vs. doing something new. The average aspect you picked up on was my insistence on publishing the old fashioned, traditional way and trying to please agents instead of going with the hip and new current of the ocean. I've abandoned everything I believed to be "THE" way to go and have discovered a new strain of happiness and excitement.
Bless your heart, Captain! Will keep you posted as more activity develops!