Publishing or not self publishing. That is the question... So I have a story. It's in it's planning phases. The universe itself has been in existence for quite a long while. Practically since I decided on this career path. The thing is how it is, is a bit niche. Admittedly probably not as much as it would have been a few years ago, but...it's unique. We'll say that. It's basically in the format of what in Japan would be called a light novel. Basically it's a regular novel but it has a cover and pictures in it that are anime stylized. I'm marketing it towards the 18-25 demographic, most likely females more so then males. It's a supernatural story predominantly with a lot of drama and possibly a few other genres mixed in. I intend to write the book series and pay for an artist. I've had this vision for the story for a few years now and I'm very excited to charge right for it! It's deeply important to me and it's my passion project and magnum opus honestly. This particular story is newer been in my mind for about 2-3 years now but the universe itself has been around for about 7-8 if I remember correctly. I have a LOT to offer. The thing is I have some concerns about mainstream publishing. I feel like they really wouldn't get the vision. It's not that I'm against trying. I think it would be worth the effort but I know I'd probably be put through hell by quite a few publishing companies. For the art style, the character design, the style. It's not that I'm inflexible. If they want the book shorter I would consider it. I'm open to hearing what they have to say but I have a few things that just aren't negotiable for me. So indie looks to be the better bet, but at the same time at the moment I lack funds. At least a lot of extra funds I can throw around for something like this. I wouldn't hesitate to learn everything needed or network with people that would help me. It's just a matter of fiances in the way? So I have a lot in my mind. What do you guys think? And no matter the option how do I maximize my chances of success. Personally at least with this project I'm really leaning indie. Just a matter of money.