What's your opinion on publishers and self-publishing? Which one do you prefer?
I think it’s very much up to the author in question. Self-publishing happens faster, but it also takes a lot more work in doing your own marketing and networking. And unless you hire freelancers, you’re also responsible for the design and layout of your book, which can be really time-consuming. I’ve tried this before, and it’s not something I’d do again. However, I know other self-publishers who are very happy with their choice!
I’m currently pursuing an agent and publisher, the more traditional route, because with my graduate work I do not have the time or energy to commit to doing all that design and marketing work myself. There are downsides to that, too, but it’s all about identifying what your own publishing goals are and doing your research about which method will fit you best. No jumping into anything!