If you are thinking about self-publishing but you are doubtful, perhaps you should read some books about this topic
Title: The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book, 14th Edition
Author: Dan Poynter
Follow the author's step-by-step advice on how to produce a commercially-successful book, get it into print quickly and easily, and learn the basics of book distribution through this fine guide. You have to do it all yourself, of course: but that's the purpose of a guide which tells how to not only break into print; but how to exploit the special strengths of self-publishing. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Title: 2009 How to Publish, Promote, & Sell Your Own Book: The insider's guide to everything you need to know about self-publishing from pasteup to publicity
Author: Robert L. Holt
From Publishers Weekly
Although some notable titles on the subject exist (including Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual and Marilyn and Tom Ross's Complete Guide to Self-Publishing), Holt presents a worthy addition that should not be overlooked by aspiring writer-publishers. A successful self-publisher of self-help books (which he later sold for reprint to major houses), he offers a solid grounding in editorial, production and marketing basics, and provides tips to aid neophytes avoid common pitfalls. He is especially attentive to the more delicate stages of the self-publication process: how to work with a printer (and save money doing it), create an attractive cover, price the book, etc. The sections on marketing and on selling reprint rights are particularly valuable. Holt's lucid writing and businesslike approach will appeal to many. December
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This operating manual offers clear technical information to anyone in the publishing business, but the emphasis on quality and the presumed goal of finding a major publisher will discourage novices who have delusions of easy fame. Sprinkled with examples from experience, the advice on editing and preparing a manuscript is direct and concise, as are the checklists and up-to-date formulas for tabulating costs. Sections on how to write query letters, find an agent, get along with an editor, generate reviews and publicity, and negotiate a contract will be valuable to any writer. Self-published in 1982, this book in its revised edition surpasses similar works for readability and organization, though much of the information is available elsewhere, chiefly in The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter (Para Publishing, 1984, rev. ed.). Leonard Kniffel, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Title: Publish It Yourself: Five Easy Steps to Getting Your Book in Print
Author: Alton Pryor
Alton Pryor has come up with a "nuts and bolts" handbook for authors who want to try self-publishing. -- Jim Hayes, writing coach for Los Angeles Times
In easy to understand terms, Publish It Yourself explains the steps needed to get a manuscript into print.