If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times. It's almost impossible to get your manuscript published.
So why not do it yourself?
Bring up that option and you'll be told that you don't have the skills and knowledge needed to market your product and get it in bookstores.
How about starting up your own publishing company?
If you're in Chicago, you can sign up for a course in independent publishing at DePaul University.
Like all well-conceived continuing education programs, the course will be taught by two men who know what they're talking about. Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson founded independent publisher featherproof Books in 2005, and the small press is showing success.
According to the course description, the students will learn all about publishing, from editing to financing. You'll end up with a certificate in publishing and then you can start up your own indie press with the benefit of knowing how to do it.
Is this the wave of the future? As publishing houses restrict their product to the tried and true, will creative authors turn to the do-it-yourself option to get their words out to the public?