Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing?
I was reading on the meta site that someone thinks we're hostile to self-publishing, and I read over some old questions looking for evidence. I didn't really find signs of hostility, but I certainly did see several people expressing concerns about it. I think we've danced around the question a bit, but maybe it's time to look at it directly. What are the pros and cons of different styles of publishing?I'm thinking we could look at:1) the Traditional route - get an agent, sell to the biggest publisher possible;2) the small publisher route - skip the agent, find a publisher directly (maybe I'm wrong in assuming that this is likely to be a small publisher?);3) the self-published route - probably e-books, but maybe POD as well;4) the vanity publishing route;5) creative, new approaches - serialization on the web, co-operative writers' groups... what else?I know it's a big question, but maybe it would be good to have all the ideas gathered in one place.