Is the self publishing route one that is considered acceptable these days? Specifically, I am writing short stories, and there is no real chance of getting a publisher to look at short stories without some previous history.

Additionally, I don't expect to make enough money to justify a publisher, or even my time in trying to find one - I expect to make something, but not a great deal. So self-publishing seems to make sense, to get some of my work out there, and see whether anyone likes it.

For this sort if work, is self-publishing a good route, a sensible route?

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    >is considered acceptable these days? - Define "acceptable", "considered" and why does it matter. You don't need someone's permission. Publish! Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 22:16
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    related: pros and cons of different styles of publishing
    – Standback
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 5:18
  • "Acceptable" == better than vanity publishing. I actually do want people to take my work seriously. @Stadnback - thank yo ufor that link - I did search self-publishing questions before posting, but didn't seee this for some reason. Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 9:51
  • I'm closing this because it's vague. If it can be edited to ask a more specific question, we'll consider reopening. (If you simply want to know the pros and cons of self-publishing, the question Standback linked to covers that well - this answer in particular.) Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 19:33
  • I tried hard to be specific, for short stories, with little change of making much money. But the other links should help. Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 21:38

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Depending on how short you're talking, and whether you're talking about print or electronic, Amazon is explicitly pushing short/medium stories at present through their Kindle Singles program, and a scan through the published works ranges from unknowns to Stephen King. I can't speak from personal experience, but it seems like it's a reasonable approach.

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