Like many of us on these forums, I have been hoofing it for years. Working on my book, editing, sending to agents. Over and over you get the rejects. And these are hard times to get into print. SO MANY people writing books. So little money around that agents/publishers don't want to take risks. All very understandable.
So many turn to self publishing, especially on Kindle, which costs nothing.
But my feeling (which I have had all my writing life) is that to self-publish is taking a huge risk, not with money, but with your reputation. Who will tell you the book is not good enough? Because you are putting it out there with no advice. You know when a publisher takes a financial risk with your story that they believe there is genuine promise there. If you publish yourself then that element is taken away. There are so many bad books out there that authors have published themselves.
This is just a personal thing for me, but unless my book is published the traditional way, I will never know if it is really good enough or if I am just deluding myself.
I constantly battle with this, but have read a lot of posts on here with great interest.
Anyone else feel like me, or if not, got a convincing argument for me?