Most writers hate this question. They reject the very idea of self-publishing because they think it is the final sign that they have abandoned their dream of becoming a published author. I’d like to suggest that rather than surrendering your literary ambitions, deciding to self-publish is increasingly becoming an artistic choice...read the rest of this excellent and encouraging article on self-publishing by Writers & Artists' Alison Baverstock by clicking here.
I'm moving more and more to the idea that self-publishing is the wave of publishing's future. Good books - whether self-published or traditionally published - will rise to the surface and, by the same token, bad books will sink like a stone. It's up to the author to write the best book possible, get it published (even if that means self-publishing) and leave the rest to destiny.