Here is a great interview with author Joe Abercrombie of The First Law Trilogy.
I read The First Law Trilogy as it was released and it leapt every other book on my "favorite fantasy series" and went straight to number 1.
Joe is inspirational to me, and could be to any writer. Unlike most, he jumped right into writing a trilogy, got it published and is now a superstar.
I guess sometimes being unconventional works out just fine.