Originally Posted by exaltedwombat
Would their opinions be more valid ithey WERE published writers? You seem to be down-rating them for the same reason they're down-rating you!
A published author is more likely to know what the publishing process entails. They would be more likely to understand reasons for why someone chooses to self-publish instead of going with a big or small publishing house, and the advantages/disadvantages of either choice. So while a published author's opinion might not be more valid, it would certainly be better informed.