I've been quietly and respectfully communicating with various authors who self-publish. Mainly what I've been wondering about was how they were doing, sales-wise. All of them are having problems. Some of them blame Amazon for changing the way the books are listed, but most of them blame the flood of self-published books that are hitting the ebook market.
I'll write more on this later, but for now will have to leave it at that.
As I'd hoped when I wrote my first essays on the self-publishing fad, it finally seems to be fading. Not the number of self-published books...that's worse than ever. But even some of the people who had been doing well at the rigged game are now finding that their crap no longer sells--the reading public has realized that it just stinks.
For now, I take a short break until tomorrow. I have work to do.