One:For some reason people still believe if you've written a book that you are an authority on your subject. As a freelance tutor/teacher I'm often asked by new clients if I've written a book about the subject they want me to teach for them. I've found I get a better response if I can say I have had something published either in book form or as a magazine feature.
Two:I write craft books and these are highly illustrated with full colour photographs. Although I've tried I've not been satisfied with the way these look as an eBook. I'm sure over time this will change which means I may self-publish these titles in the future.
Three:A percentage of my books are picture books and although I don't make a good income from sales (the royalty percentage is small) I receive a reasonable income from PLR (Public Lending Rights). Sadly at present PLR cannot be earned on eBooks, so it still makes financial sense for me to continue writing these and getting them published traditionally.
There are a number of reasons why I chose to self-publish (which will be the subject of another blog post) but perhaps one of the main reasons can be best explained by one of my heroes Bernard Black:
Lastly if you're a self-published eBook author but still submit proposals to publishers I'd love to know to why.