I have just now entered into the process of trying all avenues of publishing. Hooray for effort eh? But I am seeing the defined rules of what is considered published, change before my very eyes. Back when I was 19 years of age and working as a Personal Assistant in Los Angeles...self-published was a very dirty word. It was the pimple face kid/balding 50 year old man in the cafe who hounded you with a printed manuscript or screenplay, "Take this! Read this! It's the next big thing I swear you will not be disappointed!". And one for one, the guys who had published their own stuff, had handed me a pile of garbage. Modern age: Some people have had serious success by self publishing. Everyone is tired of hearing about 50-Shades of Bile.... But I'm going to point to it as a modern self publishing success story. She wrote overly sexual fan-fic on the Twi-hard website and actually got kicked from it for the sexual scenes. She took the thing and renamed it, self published for Kindle through a company in Australia and BOOM. Loads of housewives are reading softcore porn with a sociopath twist. Even independent musicians and film are having their breakthroughs. One band i have seen personally while bartending in Dallas Texas are about to broadly release their first mainstream album, just on the participation through things like Kickstarter.com Publishing houses are shrinking. Big companies are swallowing up smaller ones and it seems that there is an increasing gap between the dizzying heights of Stephen King's colossal success figures and the kid in the coffee shop who makes enough tips to pay for his cable every month. I have personally seen most book stores in my area close down or convert to more merchandise-friendly storefronts with very little in the way of actual books on display. Are we seeing a change in the publishing climate? Can people who have enough grit and inspiration actually make it as a self pubbed author in this digital age?