You have decided to Self Publish instead of trying to find an agent and then a publisher. This decision should be based on your conviction that this will be the best way for you to have your book available.
If you have had numerous rejections from agents, it may mean that your book needs work. My advice is to be sure that you have a book that your relatives, friends, and possibly customers will enjoy.
If you decide to self publish, you may be satisfied just to get your work out on the e-book market. This is the easiest, fastest and by far the cheapest way to go. This takes a day, a printed version might be three months, if all goes well.
If you want to have a printed copy of your book, this will be discussed in my Blog #3, PRINT YOUR BOOK.
If you think your book is ready, you can make it available on a number of outlets in a few hours. But first you need to go to bowker.com and buy a ISBN number. It will cost you $100 for one number and $125 for ten. I recommend purchasing ten, since you have to have a different number for printed and e-book versions.The biggest sellers now are Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Both make it easy to get your title on their sites. You should have a cover ready and the text in pdf. There may be more than one number for each e-book format. You can also make your book available in e-book off your website with one click purchase. I am checking this out and will cover this in a later blog.
Unless you are a very knowledgeable person about computers and the internet, you probably want to have a helper looking over your shoulder when you get ready to enter your work in the e-book market.
I read a publication that was five years old that stated Barnes & Noble was going to drop their e-book sales option. How things have changed. They now seem to be the easiest to work with and your take of the price (which you set) is 65%. On $9.99 price this would be $6.49. The Lulu percentage is 56% to the author. I haven’t been able to get the Amazon percentage.
But you can see, no matter what price you set, there is no further cost to you, beyond publicity costs, which you control.
Next blog is on my experience on getting a printed copy of your book.