But I have to admit, it's hard to wade through the muddy waters of subsidary and vanity publishing companies.
"Ehh...he's a bit of a reptile." ;)
I actually have a rather embarrassing story to tell. Last year, not knowing anything of that horrid species of publisher, I sent my completed manuscript into Tate Publishing Company. They sounded like everything I was looking for...until they sent me a follow-up email letting me know that I would need to invest $5,000 dollars into their "investment" with me. Basically, this company will publish anything, provided you pay them. It doesn't matter if your work sounds like a teenager wrote it. They'll print it off and let you feel special. That is not what I want to do with my book, and I think Tate Publishing's technique a rather shoddy piece of workmanship, to quote Sir Percy Blakeney.
Anyway, I thought that while I was on the subject of looking for a publisher, I ought to warn you other young authors about subsidary and vanity publishers, so you won't get in the same embarrassing pickle I found myself in. Seriously, that was the fastest retreat I've ever taken. :D
Also, it is widely known and accepted that the best way to find publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts is a book called The Writer's Market. They publish a new one each year, and inside is a list of all the publishing companies, what they are accepting, and how to submit your manuscript to them. I hope to get a copy soon, as I'm tired of looking at publishers online. :P
Hope this post helped someone.