iU published my book at my expense, Jason. I did make the decisions and it was nice to have that kind of power.LOL. They are now under AuthorHouse. I was pleased with the quality of the book and it has done fairly well in sales. I am now under the L&L Dreamspell logo, who offered me a contract for Hell Swamp and have now contracted my second novel, Just North of Luck (new edition will be out in August).
If you're planning to self-pub, we sure you don't skip a professional editor, either through them or on your own. I trust my editor and we are taking this journey together.