MediaShift . 2010: The Year Self-Publishing Lost Its Stigma | PBS: "For over a decade I've been speaking at conferences about self-publishing to audiences of dejected, rejected authors. There was always a stigma associated with self-publishing, with many people considering it lower quality vanity press.
But this year, new faces appeared in the crowd: agents, editors, and publishers eager to understand self-publishing. Why? Self-publishing books has finally reached the mainstream, with enough success stories to make it a legitimate part of the publishing world.
Here's more about this and other trends in 2010, plus some crystal-ball gazing into what's coming in 2011."