Self-publishing is not a passing fad. It's been growing in strength for nearly a decade now and shows no signs of stopping.
In a time when our world is becoming more automated and more digital, it's nice to know that there are still some real benefits to working with a live person; someone who's willing to be your cheerleader and work with you towards success.
This article is a fantastic look at why literary agents are still worth their weight in gold - for your emotional sanity as an author if nothing else.
"With self-publishing becoming more widely accepted and Amazon waging wars with publishers, more and more I get the sense from aspiring authors that they don't think landing an agent means as much as it used to.
They believe traditional publishing is going the way of VCRs and none of the old rites of passage apply anymore. That's fine if you think that, but, in my experience, it simply isn't true." - Bethany Neal
...and read more about Bethany Neal here: http://www.bethanyneal.com/