As with many aspects of life, the secret to having your dream published is to surround yourself with talented people.
Patrice Shaw is an astute editor of fiction. Kirsty Ogden is a fine graphic designer with years of experience in the publishing industry. Together, they have helped bring some of my books to fruition
Deb and Dave Edwards of Rams Skull Press are my publishers. They are honest country people who gave me my start, as they have done for many others, and printed my first book, Catching Legends. They have a niche business, primarily publishing the work of Dave’s father, the late Ron Edwards OAM. They now provide me with the ISBN, Catalogue in Publication, encouragement and the distribution network to reach retailers and wholesalers worldwide. We use small print-on-demand runs. The costs stay manageable.
My blog website at http://www.jimreaywriter.net , and the links from the websites of the others in the process, provide the word of mouth and Internet presence.
Check out the links, find the talented people that suit you and make a start. No pain!