- Traditional publisher through an agent.
This was always very difficult and probably more so now. To attempt if
you want to become a professional writer.
- Traditional through a 'Vanity/Joint/Partnership' publisher.
- Self publishing -Through Print On Demand (POD) publishers.
straightforward, no upfront fees and gives avenues to distribution
channels. These publishers will usually put your book on Amazon for
example. Involves some loss of control over the process. If you plan on
publishing an ebook version there are restrictions on pricing paper
books vs ebooks that you would need to examine. You do not get any
books yourself to give/sell to friends/relatives, to show to local
bookstores or give to reviewers to promote the book.
- Self publishing - Do it yourself (DIY).
You retain control of the process and receive the books from the
printer. Distribution is more difficult though your book's ISBN number
will give you an entry into a database the distributer and retailers
- Self publishing ebooks.
Appears straightforward. You will have to choose the format - Amazon's
azw, epub or pdf. There are guides for how to submit your work -
Amazon KDP, Apple
and Barnes & Noble PubIt are the main ones. The Amazon and Barnes
Noble systems do not require you to have your own ISBN.