Apparently, independent bookstores are doing events with self-published authors, especially ones local to their area. Most of the authors mentioned have non-fiction in print, but at least one novel was mentioned. The stores hedge their bets by charging the authors a stocking fee to carry their books and most insist on the copies being returnable if they don't sell. But a few quotes from the article show how self-publishing is gaining respect, albeit slowly.
From Arsen Kashkashian, a buyer and inventory manager at Colorado's Boulder Book Store:
"I think self-publishing is just going to keep growing. You ignore it at your own peril."From Bill Petrocelli, co-owner of Book Passage Bookstore, in California:
"Self-publishing used to be a dead end. Now it's an alternative. When you talk about people who've written a book and they live in your community, they are your customer. It's important to do what we can."I can't see this being workable in NYC, where everyone, it seems, is a writer, many are possibly self-published, and indie stores are getting very difficult to find. But it is an interesting view.