First novel... After a bit of research, the impression I get is that agents will have nothing to do with first-time novelists, and the best bet is to pitch a publisher directly. To me, this sounds like David knocking on Goliath's door. Slim chance. Alternately, two sites have caught my interest: Amazon.com has a CreateSpace program that will take your manuscript and make it into a book, also a program to convert to Kindle, their ebook format. In either case, printed or ebook, it's relatively inexpensive and they have packages available for press releases and marketing schemes. The second is Lulu which offers similar services. And, I assume there are more. I realize there is no rejection with these services, every author's work is accepted, so the book pool may be somewhat mixed. Without a pro editor to help round a story into it's best form, there are bound to be some shaky examples. My question to the forum is: Has anyone gone either of these self-publishing routes? What was your experience? Would you recommend one? Thanks for any info you wish to share. j P.S. Forgive me if this subject has be raised recently, I didn't see it listed. If so, please link me to the relative discussion. Thank you.