I think it would be safe to say that most writers want to be published, although many will write for themselves and the love of writing. Writing a book, editing, finding an agent, editing again … is a lot of hard work and takes great commitment. However, there is another way of going about it – self publishing. Despite, the arguments about if self publishing is a taboo or not, it is a practical method (budget permitting) to make your book known to the public. Some known authors have taken this road, before becoming known. Brunania Barry self published 2,000 copies, ( as told in a Borders interview) then hired a public relations company. She did things a bit different from others; she took a leap of faith, quit her job, and wrote. She knew she wanted to be a novelist, this book started as a dream.
So, we have a succesful story of a self published author (in the beginning); but this jumpstarted her dream, and now her career – her book, The lace reader. Self publishing may not be for every writer, but it certainly presents a possibility to jumpstart a writer’s career – when accompanied with a good PR firm. It is up to you to decide which road to take, but most important, for the love of writing.