While there is some merit to issues of over-saturation and quality control, I'm not really sure I agree with the comparison. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking on my part as an Indy author, but I'd like to think changes that have come with the newest publishing paradigm shift are a step in the right direction. I'd like to think Amanda Hawking is not just a lucky fluke in an otherwise dark and drying mire.
What do you think? What has been your overall experience with self-published authors? Has your opinion on the matter changed at all since the Indy boom first began?