I went to a free workshop hosted by the Gold Coast City Council at Robina Library the other day. It was a one hour info session hosted by Andy McDermott, author of "the Tiger Chase". He gave us some very good information about publishing a book. He was first published by a big publishing house in the USA, and later self-published his book worldwide. He gave us some of the highs and lows of being published and shared with us the process he went through to bring the book to life.
Because he experienced first-hand the pitfalls of being published by a big publisher, he's started his own business to help authors self-publish their work, and promote and sell them globally. It's called Publicious, and you can contact them at http://www.publicious.com.au/ or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Andy on 0402807440. They also build and design websites for a fair price. Check them out!