Options. Have you noticed how many options there are out there for getting your book published? I'm not talking about Print on Demand vs print 'em all now type options, though. Or even the paper vs digital option...but the publisher option.
First, there's the "Big 6" guys. Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, MacMillan Publishers Ltd., Penguin Group, Random House along with Simon & Schuster. For an overview of who these guys are, or consist of, check out this link.
Then there's the independent publishers. Here's a good definition of independent publishing. There's quite a few of these publishers out there. Some have a better reputation than others so you have to be careful when dealing when them, but that's true in most cases.
And of course, there's the self-publishing option. At one time self-publishing was not only frowned upon by agents and editors, it was something to be avoided at all costs. The thought was if you self-published, it was because your work wasn't good enough to get a "real" publisher. This idea has changed greatly the last couple years and it's no longer the stigma it once was.
Lastly, there's vanity and subsidy publishers. Here's a really good link with all the definitions, differences and lots of information.
Each option has its good points (except maybe the vanity publishers). Each option has its bad points. What's a viable option for one person might not be for another. What's right for me, might not be right for you.
What I'm asking I guess, is have you considered all the options? What decisions did you make and why if you don't mind telling.