Quiz: Should I self-publish my novel or short stories?

I have self-published, and before I proceeded, I asked myself the following questions:
  1. Have I exhausted all avenues of trying to get traditionally published? This includes query letters, writer conferences, and asking people for referrals.
  2. Is this material at its best? Am I 100% sure that there is nothing I could do to improve the book's plot, characters, or other story elements? 
  3. Is this material fully edited? Is it free of typos and grammatical mistakes?
  4. Do I have the time and/or money to invest in producing the best product? (A book free of mistakes and formatted well that has professional marketing materials)
  5. Do I have the time and/or money to market this product?
  6. Do I have a thick-enough skin to handle criticism from the public? 
If you are considering self-publishing and you answered "no" to any of these questions, then you should not self-publish because you are not ready. 

Agree? Disagree? Want to know more?  I will get into more detail about self-publishing on July 23rd! See you then!
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