There is a new story out about a woman who has experienced success selling her novel. She wanted it out and self-published. She made a huge decision and sold the book for .99 over the Internet. It worked for her and she was able to sell enough copies to get media attention.
Book publisher is not inexpensive, but it is definitely worth it. My company has not found its bestseller yet. It is simply a matter of time.
She is getting all types of offers, but none are quick as sweet as "all the profits." She is struggling with wanting the recognition a huge company can give her and the reality that she has done what they would do, only with their money and their rules. I like being independent.
Self-publishing is the answer. My company has changed its focus to publishing books that deal with family and marital themes, along with women issues, biography, autobiography and some poetry.