I'm catching up with my web comics after falling behind over the holidays and had to share this one.
You know, if you're going to spend the money anyway (as anyone who doesn't want their book published in 4-point microfont probably will [cough]) you might as well self-publish. There are books on how to go about it, and lots of free advice online (to be well-sifted and scrutinized and cross-checked, but the info is there) and if you self-publish, at least 1) you'll be able to control everything yourself, and 2) no middleman will be taking a cut of your money as profit.
Remember Yog's Law: money flows toward the writer.
The only time money should be flowing away from you is if you're the publisher as well.