Some people find ebook and print book publishing too much of a hassle and would rather pay someone else to do it for them. That's fine and of course, it's up to you how much work you want to do yourself.
Publishing these days is not just a binary choice between traditional publishing with an advance vs. self-publishing and doing it all yourself.
There are myriad options along the scale and lots of companies that can help you. Many of these companies are fantastic but many of them are sharks, so you need to be careful.
Spend a couple of dollars and save yourself thousands
Buy Choosing A Self-Publishing Service by the Alliance of Independent Authors, available on all the ebook stores. It's a guide to self-publishing services written by authors, for authors, with no vested interest in the companies described.
The Alliance also has a watchdog listing of self-publishing companies and whether they are recommended or not. You can also check Writer Beware, or this list of Publishing Companies to Avoid from Reedsy.
You can also join the Alliance and take advantage of the collective knowledge, as well as becoming part of a growing community.
I'm a Member and Advisor and I do monthly Q&A sessions with the founder, Orna Ross.
If you are considering a publishing company, do your research online.
Make sure that you know what you're getting into and what the costs are, not just to publish but also to make changes to your file over time.
Determine who owns the copyright and what control you have in the process. How much are the royalties and when are they paid?
You're likely to be excited about getting your book into the world now, but you still want to be excited in the future. So try to make publishing a business decision, not just an emotional one.
So many authors have asked me for a recommendation that I have searched around for the best option and decided that BookBaby is a good combination of great service ethic and good value.
I interviewed the CEO, Steven Spatz, and he outlined how much their team enjoy helping authors with the project management side. You can watch or listen to the interview here and decide for yourself.
BookBaby offer editing, cover design, formatting, book marketing options, ebook publishing, print on demand publishing, wholesale printing, and more.
They are a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, so they pass muster with the watchdog service!
You can get 10% off at BookBaby if you use my link: www.TheCreativePenn.com/bookbaby
[I'm an affiliate because I believe the services are good value and they are a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. This means I will receive a small percentage of sale if you buy through my link, but at no extra cost to you. Or you can just go to BookBaby.com!]