The item about Jade is on the order of tips on self-promotion from her to other authors, but the scoop on the bestselling The Lace Reader is all about publicizing a gripe session. The author and her husband hired a publicist during the self-publishing phase, and then dispensed with their services after they got a huge advance from Morrow. The publicists are miffed that they not only got dumped, they didn't get publicly thanked for their help and awarded partial credit for the book's success. Comments vary from mild reproof at the author for not playing nice to stunned amazement that a company that handles publicity would make such a fuss and risk alienating future customers.
Sour grapes aside, what interests me is the self-publishing part. This route seems to be achieving a new respectability. I wonder if, over time, self-publishing will replace the traditional route to finding an agent?