For the traditionally established author with a backlist whose rights have reverted perhaps the choice is obvious. But for the emerging author, unknown in an ever-increasingly competitive marketplace already saturated with titles, the decision often is not. Crafting a great story, writing a great book, is hard enough. Self-publishing a great book, regardless of how well written? Well, more and more writers suffering from premature e-publication are discovering just how hard it is. We’ll be addressing the crucial factors a writer must consider when opting for immediacy over legacy, weighing both long- and short-term goals, and defining what author legitimacy really means in the Age of Self-publication.