The holy grail of every author is to see their name among the other books on the shelf, to be able to pick up a physical representation of their hard work, to flip through the pages, to smell the ink, to gaze upon the cover and say, "That's mine."
Is that really true?
If you really want that, then go ahead and self-publish. Even if you go big league, you're still going to have to do the crazy things that authors do to put their names out - attend conventions and signings, plug your book every chance you get, and, god help us, give out interviews.
Wow, does that sound like fun? Are you crazy?
We're all a bunch of introverts. What fun is it going "out there" into the world, when you've just spent months/years in a world of your own making? Is it a blast to find yourself on the end of an NPR interview with Terry Gross (one of the best interviewers in the world IMHO) and she throws this curveball question which leaves you stammering?
If you don't like that, then self publish and give copies to your family and friends, acquaintances and your dog.
I self published (via Kindle) and sold a whole big whopping 6 copies of my book on Amazon. Now, um, I realize that 1) the book itself was expensive, 2) with the comments I got, I realized I needed to edit a little more, and I'm working on that and 3) I would have needed to plug my book every chance I get.
I say again, we're introverts. We don't plug ourselves. We don't toot our own horn. We kind of put stuff out there and hope for the best. Send our children out into the world and hope someone helps them grow.
So what do I say? Heck, I'd love to be published. But I don't want to do the marketing. I want to be a reclusive writer who does one thing and one thing only: Write.
That's what we're here for, isn't it?