I’ve been saying that for years. You may not agree, but
this guy hit the nail on the head:
The exceptions: Print on Demand presses are a legitimate avenue in certain special circumstances–if you have a nonfiction book for a specialized audience that could never find national distribution (for instance, a book on Florida law) or if your novel was previously in print and you’d like to keep it in print for readers who have a hard time finding a copy, go ahead, sign the print on demand contract.
But most of the time, even if it’s not true, self-publishing gives the impression that you weren’t good enough to make it at a traditional publisher, so you took the easy route to publication.
(I’ve just offended about a zillion people. Sorry.)
And, LOL, the slushpile blogger is so right–I don’t know any legitimate writer who introduces himself/herself as a “published author.” For one thing, it’s redundant. For another, it’s pretentious. When you’ve paid your dues, learned the ropes, and gone through the fire (and a few dozen other metaphors), you simply call yourself a writer.
My, my, I’m just full of opinions at this hour. Back for the Monday weigh-in later. (I’m writing this on Sunday night!)