I've done a LOT of research over the past five years, watching the old paradigm publishing business close up like a frightened clam. There is no room for new voices. If you read the Vanity Fair article about the 10 year process that 'The Art of Fielding' went through from writing to auction, to publication, it's enough to shut down the creative types that are writing the new myths for our culture. Here's the FUNNY thing, you can't find that article online at VanityFair.com, but you can BUY a small ebook of it at Amazon! VF 'gets' where the new publishing $ is coming from!
So I decided to self publish, based on the economic and sociological thesis of 'The Long Tail' by Chris Anderson, editor of WIRED magazine. Why the Future is selling Less of More. On a juke box, they couldn't tell if listeners were paying a quarter to hear one song over and over again or if the obscure songs were being played. Turns out, when you offer a diverse choice to listeners, or readers, people will access the unexpected, the obscure. So instead of a blast of Top Ten, people were going out to the long tail in their desire, paying to hear #385 or #574. There is a market for your work, IF YOU MARKET IT. You can't just put up one book and hope it will make Oprah's book list. You have to write for enjoyment and publish multiple books and then do all the WORK of a publishing company.
And it's a lot of work. I just spent a day sitting in one chair reformattiing 400 pages, almost paragraph by paragraph. It's painstaking. No matter how many times you edit, you are going to overlook an accidental misspelling or punctuation mistake.
I am using Amazon's CreateSpace to publish physical books, and I've paid to have it listed with the Library of Congress so it can be purchased by libraries. I've paid to have it listed with Ingram Distribution so that book stores can order it. It will have its own Amazon page in a few weeks and be available for sale.
I am using BookBaby to publish it as an ebook, across all ereaders: Kindle, iBook, Nook, etc.
Good luck! Any questions?