Basically I am very aware of the reputation self publishing sites seem to have, as they are regarded as being solely for vanity. However if I have a fanbase of several thousand people, and am aiming to get my work published through something like lulu, is there some hidden evil? Is the quality astoundingly terrible or services forced upon you? If I set the cash I receive as low, as I test the waters would it really be realistic to lose any money? Is it a pain to get on amazon and B&N? I understand how this is a terrible option for most people, but from someone who has never published before and could have some guaranteed sales it is certainly alluring.