I hope I’m reading it wrong but this thread at deCompose sure smells of old assumptions to me. So not only are self-pubbed works intrinsically sub par, self-pubbed writers rash and impatient, but somehow the decision to self-publish is karmic suicide and negates the agent/big house option. So real writers wait and go traditional?
I’m half-looking for the writer equivalent to the Purity Ring now.
Like I said, I’ll certainly query agents and any publishing house that accepts my work. But I’m also going to keep writing, and when I’m done – if there are no takers – hire an editor, commission a cover, buy another ISBN and kick it out the door.