I write for two reasons: because I have to, and because I want to be able to earn money to take care of my family by doing it. I don't care about prestige, I don't care about awards, I don't care about impressing my peers. I have no one I want to impress but myself. I think one of the reasons literary types so look down on self-publishing is because their greatest dream is to be elevated among their peers and "accepted" by the gate keepers and establishment.  Personally, I don't care about those people.  Like I said, I write because I have to write, and after that my most important concern is taking care of my family financially.  Everything else is bullshit.