It used to be that I wouldn't even consider self-publishing. That was an avenue for writers who couldn't cut it in the "real" world. Then I discovered no writer lives in the real world. And very few readers do. That, added to the fact that more and more e-books are becoming available cheap online, means an author would be foolish to completely (excuse the phrase) "write off" self-publishing.
I have a favorite chart published by Jane Friedman that shows the major publishing paths, what they mean, and how they might be good or bad for your particular book. This is my go-to when I'm making decisions about how to publish. Yes, I'm entering the self-publishing world. And at the same time I'm still submitting other work to agents and editors for traditional publishing house print books. I base my decisions on what to do with my writing on the audience, topic, trends in the industry, and whether or not my cat will sit on my lap - so you can see it's a very scientific process that often relies on a writer's gut instinct.
But what I really want to know is how to get my book published as Sensory Fiction, wearable books that allow you to experience the sensations of the character as you read. It looks a little clunky now, but computers used to fill an entire room in the '70s.
What's your writing future?