I haven't yet broken into the self-publishing world, but I really love what the whole movement stands for. Amazon and the global marketplace. Kindle and Ebooks. Shopping online. Anyone can be an author. Anyone can be a reader. Writers talking directly to readers. Writers publishing a LOT of work quickly. Readers consuming more and more. Specialized genres and niches. Stories easily translated to other languages and cultures. Listening to Audiobooks. Renting books on Kindle Unlimited. Podcasts and Meetups and Facebook groups and Nanowrimo and all of it.
What Youtube did for movies, what the Ipod did for music, and what Amazon is doing for publishing - all of these changes are good because they make it easier for artists to reach consumers.
Any innovation that encourages creativity is a good thing in my book. Everyone has weird quirks and interests, and now thanks to the internet we can connect to other people who are just as crazy as we are!
I like to follow authors who are real people. The experience shouldn't stop once I finish the book. I also expect to to find them on facebook and twitter, and read what else they have to say on their blogs or newsletters. When I find somebody I really like, I devour their content as fast as they can put it out.
I listen to self-publishing podcasts every day. I'm sure I've tried them all, but new ones keep popping up.
What annoys me is when I hear people still arguing about "traditional publishing" versus "self publishing." And asking those silly questions like, "is self publishing legitimate?" or "I still need the validation of a traditional publisher."
Those debates are downright silly. They're played out. The new generation doesn't care about who published what or where it came from. The new generation has a natural talent for sifting through a lot of bullshit and finding the good stuff. Anything is possible for the new generation. We want it faster, sharper, transparent, no BS, democratic, respectful, well-intended... and we want it all immediately.