But it is a valid question. After all, self-publishing has put many, many writers in control of their creations. There is a number of options for putting your work out there, from Amazon and Create Space to Smashwords and All Romance.
People no longer need to go the query/submission route with agents and/or publishers.
I'm sure the debate is still going on about which is "better". I'm sure there are still people who look at either option with contempt.
I don't think it necessarily matters "how" you publish. Readers are going to like what they like, regardless of how it got into their hands. Their opinions and tastes are what dictate how well a book does. I do think how you publish can be a huge factor, however if readers adore a self-published book, they can propel it to amazing success. It's happened several times over the past few years.
What matters is choosing the route that works for you. Forget any arguments between "traditional" publishing and self-publishing. Choose the one that satisfies you as a writer.
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