Self-publishing is the publishing of books and other media by the authors of those works, rather than by established, third-party publishers. -Wikipedia
I'm not going to add to yesterday's controversy (I've already made enough of an idiot of myself, thanks) but I am curious about self-publishing.
*What makes an author go this route? Has anyone done it? What was your experience: positive or negative? How did it affect your career? How do you market this kind of book?
*Readers, do you read/review them? What are your thoughts on them?
*Should they be read or reviewed differently than main stream books?
*Can you count blogging as self-publishing? What are your thoughts on that?
Just want to hear some thoughts.
Edited to add: Thanks to everyone for getting involved in this discussion. It was interesting to read your views and experiences.