I finished a short novel about a year ago, but I did not feel it was worth self publishing it after sending it out to a number of publishing houses, with no luck.
So for no cost, I published it as an Amazon Kindle e-book yesterday. It was very easy to load the book from the word document and add a cover. There are sites that they recommend to help you prepare your book, but in the end I just loaded it straight from word.
You can set your price and the countries where you would like it for sale. I set it at about three Euros and will get about two back. So the book is available worldwide at no cost and if it sells well, then I might consider going to print with it.
I am sure many of you have wondered about publishing and I feel that this is a very good way to start.
My book is 'Vantastic France' by Steve Bichard, just search kindle e-books to give you an idea of how it looks.