For the first time since its inception in 2005, self-publishers will exhibit their work at the Karachi International Book Fair, which is set to kick off from today. http://tribune.com.pk/story/475205/self-publishers-will-rub-shoulders-with-bigwigs-at-the-karachi-international-book-fair
In this age of austerity mainstream publishers are reluctant to take on untried talent and are jettisoning authors who do not sell. Therefore it is not surprising that writers are now publishing themselves in the same way that musicians have parted company with recording companies and are producing their own music.
Self publishers have become noticed as there are fewer big named authors out there creating books. It is true that there are many bad self published scribblers but it will be the book market not the publisher which will now choose who will be a success and who will fail.