MY dad has come into contact with (and thus gotten me into contact with) a man who is about to self publish a novel through Westbow Press. He tells me that he has spoken to a man there, and has managed to obtain one of their medium packages for about half price (close to $1700 now). He says that if I call this man and tell him he refered me to them, I may be able to get the same deal. For those who don't know, Westbow Press is one of the biggest self publishing companies in existence. They're big because (from what I can tell) they're almost a traditional publisher, because of everything they'll do for you. The biggest thing is that they'll distribute your book to bookstores on their own. From what I've seen and heard, it's all a great deal! The problem is that they're expensive... VERY expensive. Their cheapest package is about $1000. Even if I manage to get a 50% discount on the package he's recommended, it will still cost over $1000. If they do everything they promise, it certainly sounds as if it would be worth the money. I'm still hesitant, though, because... well, $1700 is a lot of money. What would you recommend?