Ok, so here's the skinny.
I have a world encyclopedia I'm working on and have some questions on publishing that I was hoping some may be able to help me out with. My world is fairly well known online and offline and seems to have a decent number of fans (though, I'm not suggestion everyone knows, just stating that I have a lot of people who are interested and or have shown interest in the world and critters).
1. Have you ever published a book? If so, was it self-published or through a company? Both? Which would you recommend?
2. Did you do both the text and illustrations? How long did it take? How were you able to afford the time to do it? Did you already have another job, take commissions, get funding assistance?
3. How did you go about advertising yourself? Through magazines, online, mail outs?
4. What was the final cost of publishing your books? Was it worth the time spent and did you get enough hits to feel gratified in the work you produced?
Any suggestions for a first timer?