The wizard’s answers are below.
If you’ve got other answers, tips, contacts, or advice, Brian would love to hear them at email@example.com
Brian, there are in my opinion two reasons to seek publishing.
1. You want your work to be read by the largest possible number of people.
2. You want a number of physical copies of your work to exist somewhere because you have invested yourself into the work and you want it to be preserved.
If your motive is #1, then build a WordPress website and publish your work online. This is as legitimate a form of publishing as any, and it allows you to retain complete control of your work and how it is presented.
If your motive is #2, your best move is probably to investigate publishing-on-demand through amazon.com. They do lovely work in hardback and softcover, and this is doubtless the most efficient and cost-effective way to distribute your books in print.
If #1 and #2 are both important to you, then do both. 🙂 Frankly, every other option requires staggering amounts of time and endurance and money.