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I don't know if I'd recommend going this route for a first-time author, but if you're planning on putting out a title a year, there are tremendous advantages to going through this pain, and moderate expense. There's a much better profit margin. You maintain the control over every aspect of your project--every detail from layout to marketing.
However, on the downside, there's a lot to learn, there's a lot to do, there's a million steps, and a lot of tiny little details to keep track of. You'll have to learn about everything from creating a distilled PDF to a certain set of very rigid specifications, to figuring out manufacturing costs and margins, to learning how to convert your book files into a variety of electronic formats. If you're not a detail oriented person, this isn't the right choice for you. I've been a business manager and accountant for nearly 25 years, dealing with details every day, and this little project frazzled me a bit.
But as with all things, it gets easier after the first time. I'm not deterred, in fact, Moon & Son Publishing has plans on re-releasing updated and revised versions off all three of my previous books in the next year (including electronic versions for your e-reader). And, of course, now that I've managed to navigate this minefield, maybe I can get back to doing what I really enjoy in my free time. Writing!