Self publishing has become normal now but that wasn’t always so. There was a time self publishers, POD were considered not professional and were looked down upon and I find that this misconception still holds strength with some people. Which like many other misconceptions needs correction. The more you learn about the process and the marketing and the possibilities available to you the more this misconception can be discounted and a new way of thinking can be developed.
Take a look at amazon.com books if you want to feel more comfortable about writing and publishing a book. POD is a viable solution. AND you are not alone in proceeding down this path to fulfilling your dream.
https://www.ibpa-online.org/Login.aspx is an organization for self publishing authors and indie publishers and anyone interested in fulfilling a dream of making a book.
https://wwwsmashwords.com is a site to visit for information about ebooks production, sales and marketing.
And there are a boat-load of websites that offer different types of information for you to review. https://kindlepreneur.com/courses/ and the website over all offers information that might help you with the journey.
Thats it for now, I’ll be adding to this post as time goes on.
Remember, do something every day towards your book and self promotion.
Wishing you the best on your journey.