UPADTE: I stand corrected. Sarah A. Hoyt has published in conventional forms and has self-published. I apologize for the error. My main point, of course, still stands: She's in the self-publishing, non-traditional vanguard and if you're interested in knowing more about it, her blog and the specific post I mentioned are good places to visit. UPDATE 2: It's worth noting the obvious (which is so obvious it's being overlooked): The fact that I've not self-published does not mean that I'm OPPOSED to self-publishing. Not in the least. I'm all for it. I have reasons for not having done so myself, and every single day, I wrestle with those reasons, and ask myself if they're enough to keep me tied to conventional publishing.
For reasons that are still not clear to me, a post of mine that I zipped off in a moment of not-thinking-much has generated more comment and linkage than anything else on this blog besides the Pink Slime posts.
Among the commentary is this from a writer named Sarah A. Hoyt. She's got nuthin' good to say 'bout me. Alas. (I was amused by her first sentence: "I don't mean to pick on this writer," when in fact her intent is a full-bore assault on me, my work, my work ethic, my life, probably my height and weight...)
(Although I must say: I can't figure out how she missed my name. I think of it as immodestly plastered all over my website. But maybe what I'm seeing isn't what other people see????)
Her post is worth taking time to read because it exemplifies the way the "other half" thinks about publishing and writing. The "other half," in this case, being the self-publishers who represent the vanguard of change in American publishing. If you're interested in tracking the tension in publishing in the US today, take a look.