I don't know about you (whoever you are, if anyone) but when I hear the words self-published, I think of a book that no reputable publisher would take on for one reason: bad writing. Now I know that this is probably not the case, and that some well-known authors self-published their books only to be picked up by the Major New York Publishers after said book's success.
Who knows, I may self-publish my own work if I can't find an agent to get my book out there (but that won't happen, my books will be runaway best sellers).
So, this morning as I was listening to National Public Radio (I'm a liberal commie type) I heard a story about one writer's self-publishing success story. Here's the link for your listening pleasure: