I've provided a link to a great article at Publisher's Weekly online. While not directly aimed at self-publishers, you only need read between the lines to realize that the publishing industry is about to shift drastically and that self-publishing can be included in the new hierarchy as a workable way to publish. The opportunities will be in place, however hard work still needs to be done. You can't kid yourself to thinking self-publishing will be easier in the future. You will still need strong, independent thinking and determination, but there will be room at the publishing table for self-publishing once the smoke clears.....Enjoy the article.