I've taken the decision: I am NOT going to publish The Unquiet Grave myself. I'm going to start the tedious round of submissions. I figure, what have I got to lose except small pieces of my ego?
Gee, I don;t really have anything to say about this, except: if you;re looking to read TUQG, please put some energy, prayer, or what-have-you into my success at getting this thing published or finding a reputable agent.
I just think there's more wrong with the POD industry than there is right, to tell the honest truth. They're not there to sell your books: they're there to sell their services. and some of those services are QUITE expensive. Take a $900 base price for a fairly well designed book, add another $300 to havbe it copyrighted (if you do it yourself through the U.S. copyright office it's $45), another hundred for the Library of Congress registration....you get the idea. and that doesn't include marketing of any kind. Plus, if you want your book to be returnable--something most major bookstores demand--that's ANOTHER $700 for just a year.
POD companies also don;t sell a lot of books. They're seen as vanity presses, which don;t have a very good reputation among booksellers and reviewers. So don;t go to one expecting to have the next break out best seller because it probably isn't going to happen.
I do think there are lots of problems with "traditional" publishing methods as well, not least the subjectiveness of the whole industry. But I'm going to give it a shot.
It's been a long time since I've tried to have a book published and things have changed---not least my writing. So maybe, just maybe I have a chance.
That's all for now.