I'm just curious what everyones experience here has been regarding the pros and cons of "self publishing" on e-readers and trying to find a literary agent or publisher. Earlier I was reading a thread about "how having content online can or can't hurt you" and I got to thinking I have a bunch of my stuff online even if it is only rough and unfinished drafts! Thus I shall presume to take a shot in the dark that there is a 50/50 ratio between published persons on here, and others like myself who are still refining their craft but have not made any significant splashes in the publishing(or e-publishing) world yet. Since for the most part it seems derogatory to some degree having pieces online of your work in any phase, it would seem a wise route for an unpublished person with material posted online to go the self publishing route. (the thread referred to earlier was 17 pages or long with in depths posts. I skimmed through it. Sorry, not reading that entire thing thoroughly this late.) So, I'm a fellow with poems posted online, pieces of rough drafts to multiple stories online, short stories posted online. Never been published. Whats the best route for me to go? I of course as time goes on and projects reach completion, explore all avenues. e-readers just seem the most convenient way to "get your story out there and tell it to the world" Thoughts, advice? correct me on any misconceptions, or if this type thread exists already feel free to point me in the right direction. Thanks.