If You Want to Write a Book… Self-Publish
Although most of the “illegitimacy” of self-publishing has long gone — sensible authors know that self-publishing is the way to go — some of the stigma of publishing your own books remains.
Certainly having a literary agent and signing a big publishing contract is wonderful. However, authors seem to feel that it solves their problems. Someone else can handle all the messy details, all they need to do is cash their checks.
When you talk to authors with literary agents and publishing contracts, and put this point of view to them, they’ll either roll their eyes, or laugh so much they fall off their chairs. Traditional publishing DOES NOT solve any problems at all. It gives you a host of brand new ones.