I often get asked why I don’t simply go to one of the many self-publishing sites and publish my own book.  While there are stories of authors who get the attention of major publishing houses after going this route, I’m not a fan.  As with everything just because it’s available doesn’t mean you should do it.  The credibility and expertise of editors, literary agents is pivotal for the introduction of quality material.  Getting published through the traditional method is prestige.  Excellent writers set a standard, pay their dues, and keep their integrity by staying the course even when they are all alone.  LA Carlson