Last night I had an hour to kill before going to the Hobbit movie so me and the wife stopped at K Mart to waste some time. I eventually found the book section and browsed what they had and came to the same realization that I made 20 years ago that there is only room for 3 at the top and they aren't letting go for anybody. I recognized many of the authors names, and saw how few "new" authors were displayed anywhere. It's like that in the music industry as well, only there is no stigma against recording your own cd, it's actually looked upon as a good thing as opposed to those here who think self publishing is like a festering pimple on the untouchable reputation of the main stream publishing industry. If artists are going to break out, they have to make their own breaks, not wait for some agent to do it for them. personally do not care for the "purists" who can't break away from the industry mold of the past. I have 2 books self published and available on a well known national web sales site. I don't have to beg for room on the limited shelves at K Mart. K Mart doesn't dictate my art or how I market my art. Self publishing is the way of the future, embrace it or dig your own grave.