May We See Yor Papers, Please?
Regardless of merit, most self-pubbies, like most undocs, think they DESERVE it.
"It" being all the rights, benefits and respect of publication or citizenship, respectively.
In both cases, there are regular channels which may, unfortunately, take an oppressively long time, but most self-pubbies and undocs hope to bypass all that by doing a runaround, dissing the very system they actually want to be considered part of.
In both cases, there may be actual legit reasons for jumping the queue, but they're fewer and farther between than most are willing to admit.
In both cases, far too many people are blinded by their sense of entitlement, and a certain amount of denial.
"I think self-publishing is the pulps of our generation."
Nope, millions of people actually read the pulps each month. Most self-pubbed novels sell less than a hundred copies in their lifetime. And often half of those are bought by the authors themselves.
Unless, of course, you're comparing the quality of the vast majority of self-pubbed books with the quality of the vast majority of pulp stories that -- Black Mask, Amazing Stories, Dime Detective et al notwithstanding -- were pretty dreadful.
I've actually gone into the archives and read some of those old pulp stories, and man, they WERE awful. Mind you, they were often still better written (and edited) than most of the self-pubbed books I've read.
"If you've written eight or more novels and have been completely roadblocked by 5+ more years of rejection..."
Maybe it's time to figure out why... eight books in five years? Doesn't leave much time for editing, does it?
"If anything, self publishing is the talk radio of publishing."
Granted, there is a Rush Limbaugh quality to far too many of the self-pubbed books I've read -- a mean-spirited sense of moral superiority and entitlement (plus a whiff of paranoia); a sort of pre-emptive bite at the hand they want to eventually feed them.
"There's a small number of houses that control publishing, not letting anything they don't like get published."
And what they don't like, mostly, it seems, is books that don't sell (and bad writing).
"Self publishers get different viewpoints out to the public, doing what the publishing houses say they do bu don't."
If you're talking fiction, I can count on one hand the number of original viewpoints I've come across in self-pubbed novels. Most self-pubbed books I've read suffer from being too much like everything else; not from being too different.
What are the different "viewpoints" being suppressed by the big publishers? And are they really being suppressed, or do they just think they're not sellable? Over the last few years, major publishers have published the non-fiction rantings of everyone from good ol' pill-popping Rush and Bill O'Reilly to Michael Moore. And fiction probably has an even wider range.
Look, I'm not saying there are NO good reasons to take these short cuts, but in the vast majority of cases it seems to me that impatience and an avoidance of scrutiny, be it editorial or bureaucratic, seem to be the dominant factors. Yet, in both cases, it's the self-righteous cries of unfairness that seem to be heard the loudest -- and cause so much hostility.
Let's face it -- for all the complaints and self-serving rhetoric, nobody really wants to abolish the system (or the country) -- they just want to be part of it... RIGHT NOW. Because they think they deserve it.
Think about it:
Legal immigration can take a long time, if it comes at all.
Traditional publication can take a long time, if it comes at all.
Impatience and a sense of entitlement=impatience and a sense of entitlement
The submission process=the submission process.
Mind you, it could legitamately be argued that some illegal immigrants have made great contributions to their host countries. Most self-pubbed novelists over the last few decades haven't exactly contributed much to literature, although they sure have made a lot of noise about it...
Hmmmm... Imagine a half million of them marching in downtown Los Angeles, demanding to be published?