I was happy when a self-publishing company fell into my lap after countless rejections. The nays do take their toll on a writer. So, I was quite willing to pay to have my writings in a bound book format.
This was better than having little snippets of paper full of ideas, strewn here and there.
Costs can rise but the good companies offer great plans that include the editing, marketing and designing of the book. So, if you feel that you have a good story that can reach others, self-publishing might be the route if traditional publishing does not offer that opportunity. Self-publishing is a springboard to share your talents with the world!