Yes. First, realize that you probably need an agent. Check out to #11. Then consider the length of time it will take to get your manuscript through the publication process, typically 18 to 24 months. If you don’t want to wait so long, consider the independent publishing route by checking out the next answer. Continue to #10.
No. If you want your books to be available in libraries and schools, reconsider whether you should publish your book independently. Libraries and schools have requirements that are difficult for authors of indie published books to meet.
Indie publication may be the right choice if it isn’t important that the book be available in libraries or schools or if the deadline for publication is short. But be aware that the author must do all the work of producing the book or the author may need a book shepherd or work with a hybrid publisher to ensure distribution options are in place for bookstores, libraries, and schools to order them.
Check out these requirements on the topic of independent publishing.