Ironic story seen today. On The Passive Guy site, a great place for publishing news and links, had a story about a former opponent of self-publishing who finally got tired of the gatekeeper game a couple of weeks ago.
He got a cover, formatted his book, and posted it for sale. Guess what? It's become a breakaway hit, and he's making sales and money hand-over-fist.
Boy, he's sure changed his tune!
And as a companion piece, read the excellent post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch- The Logic Behind Self Publishing.
Information like this is why I laugh when some folks spout off that the only real way to succeed in writing is to have a big publisher do it all for you.