I am self published, and I believe, other than the dollar or pound signs, there is nothing different between self published authors and traditionally published, I have seen traditionally pubbed books full of formatting errors, typos and grammar errors on every page. I've also seen fantastically well written self published work, with little or no typos, and pretty much error free. And that's great, but I notice on your profile page, you are still looking for both an agent and publisher - or is that old news?
For me, its the face of people who come to visit me, when they say they loved my work and can't wait for the rest of the series, they want their books signed. I think wow, I've really, truly made a difference in someones life, I've made somebody happy, that more than the money, more than the bragging rights means the most to me. I think back to four years ago, before this rollercoaster ride ever happened, I have come a long long way in a short time, and I am eternally grateful.
There is a problem that anyone can write a book with very little financial outlay.