I believe traditional and independent publishing each have a worthy place in the world of literature, and all methods of publishing have pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses. I also believe in authors. Traditionally published authors are authors. Self-published authors are authors. And if a book is good (a subjective judgment), the book is good, in whatever way it was published. I believe in literature, in all of its various forms and formats.
While I’m technically a hybrid author, as not all of my books to date are independently published, this manifesto by Mark Coker has excellent points worth sharing. My favorites are numbers 3, 8, 9, and 10. Thank you kindly, Mark!