Today, there are many options for getting your books out to readers. This is a good thing, as the big publishers resemble dying dinosaurs, more so every day.
Got a good book and want to get it printed? A couple of options here-- they're local to this area, northern Mass/southern NH, although I'm sure they'd work with you in other locations as well:
Rosstrum Publishing (www.rosstrumpublishing.com) - This is a Print-On-Demand company, who will work with you to set up and print copies of your book. You pay to make it happen, but the fees are far less than other pay presses, and the value and quality are high. You can print more as you sell more, but don't have to buy a set number, or come up with exorbitant fees.
Briona Glen Publishing (www.brionaglen.com) - If you don't have the cash, but have a good book, try this new company, who will partner with you. They'll release the book through Lulu, so you don't need to pay up front. They don't pay advances, but you get a much larger share of the book sale, unlike how you'd fare with a big publisher. They offer a working partnership to get you into print and promote your book.
So there you have it- no more excuses for not getting your book out. This is the year.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have more books to write!