Hello all, This is the first post I've written on here and is probably the most dominant thought constantly entering my mind. I am nigh on completing my first novel and I am wanting to get it published commercially, if that would be at all possible. However, if about a year passes and I have no luck in this endeavour, I would almost definitely consider self-publishing, although I would be willing to spend money to bring the book up to a high standard. But what I'm asking is this: If I go on self-publishing these books (I'm planning a trilogy) and then try again commercially in the future with a different novel, would publishers mind that I self-published before that? Would it hurt my chances in any way? (and I do mean any way!) Hopefully I have explained myself well enough for everyone to understand; any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.