I learned from yesterday's USA Today that Charles Dickens could not find a traditional publisher for A Christmas Carol, so he published it himself! One reason he couldn't find a publisher was the length: less than 30,000 words.
The lesson: self-publishing a short novel is not necessarily the path to oblivion.
There are current stories about self-published books making the jump to traditional publishers. I'll report on some of them in a future blog.
Happy snow, New England.