Originally Answered: Which self-publishing company do you recommend?
I have self-published three books with Xlibris. I can tell you that you do NOT have to spend $3000 dollars -- unless you want to do so! The company offers numerous basic plans at prices as inexpensive as perhaps $500, and then they offer add-ons at increased expense -- if you desire those. Check their website at http://www.xlibris.com to view their various options. I have been quite happy with my books, although I must concede that it is nearly impossible to become affluent through self-publishing, and many writers would advise you against going that route. However it is also very difficult for an unknown and unpublished prospective author to sell his or her novel to a "legitimate" publishing company, with numerous rejections generally resulting from such attempts. I wanted my trilogy to be published and wanted not to spend the time nor experience the frustration of being ignored, so I self-published, and I am definitely satisfied that I did. Originally, with my first novel, I registered the unpublished manuscript with the Library of Congress (not necessary), but, as a result, Xlibris contacted me, and I was delighted to learn that (unlike many "vanity" publishers) their prices were affordable and there were no requirements to purchase numerous copies of my books. They publish on-demand. Of course, they are in business to make money so are always sending me e-mails or phoning me to try to sell me other offerings, including marketing, but I just tell them that I'm not interested! If you make certain before you submit your manuscript that it is in publishable format with as few errors as possible, you can publish for a reasonable price and need not spend any more money after paying for the original package of your preference. I hope that the preceding is helpful! Good luck!
Xlibris is an affiliate or imprint of Random House, not a scam!