Mostly, this article provides an okay summary of the advantages of each. I do have a complaint, though. What the crap is this about:
With self-publishing, you often pay thousands of dollars, depending on the company you choose.
Huh? I think that most self pubbers go the DIY route. Not disputing that you have to spend money to make money, but I’m not paying a “company” for anything.
We need more of this kind of article. I recently got into a minor flame war on a forum with a lady who refuses to accept the legitimacy of self publishing. I don’t think that self publishing is the way to go for everyone, but it is a valid option.
This article talks about how self publishers are perceived by the industry. The label, to an extent, is justified because some delusional people publish before they’re ready. Out of four self published books that I’ve read, two were pretty darn good; one read pretty bad but, I think, just needed the touch of a good editor to make right; and the fourth was down right awful.
This article from Forbes.com gives a great overview of the history with predictions for the future. If you’re trying to decide which method is for you, it’s a must read.
What do you think? Why did you choose, or are leaning, one way or the other?