Which route?

I had dinner with some outstanding high school journalists last night. One of the graduating seniors plans to study creative writing in college. We talked briefly about indie versus traditional publishing. This is more background for her (and the rest of us) to consider.
Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author | The Creative Penn 
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/05/22/pros-and-cons-indie-author/

Just smashing

Self-publishing used to be called “vanity press” because some people who couldn’t interest a traditional publisher were thought to be feeding their egos by paying to have their books printed. It’s still true that some people rush forward without editing or rewrites, but, more and more, independent authors do take care to put out their best work. Smashwords has helped a lot of people release their books. Here’s an interview with its founder.

London Book Fair 2015: Self-Publishing Smashes Through
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/london-book-fair/article/66265-london-book-fair-2015-self-publishing-smashes-through.html#path/pw/by-topic/international/london-book-fair/article/66265-london-book-fair-2015-self-publishing-smashes-through.html