I had a bit of initial bad luck. I sent off a synopis and extract of my book 'RAVENFEAST' to a literary agency here in the UK. The bad luck bit came in the form of '...I have recently taken on a client who had a book on similar material', o.w.t.t.e.
Next bit of bad luck I had was in sending my ms (e-mail) to Authorhouse. Presentation was OK, but the service altogether over-priced and they went on to make my book practically unsaleable by giving it an £18 price tag. When I contacted English Heritage to seel my book at their Battle Abbey site (where Harold was killed, October 14th, 1066) Authorhouse were not prepared to do a deal for bulk purchase. End of book signing. The book is about 600-odd pages after printing, but they left an obvous gap of one line every so often (aside from my passage breaks/scene changes). I keep getting e-mail from them, and they don't seem to understand the importance of 'budget' pricing, even allowing for book size (all around 600 pages printed).
My mistake was ignoring an e-mail from NEW GENERATION publishing here in London, who offered the same services for less than half AUTHORHOUSE's price for 'OVERTHROWN'. They now have 'OUTCAST', the book could be published in May @ about the same price as 'OVERTHROWN'. Having made detail alterations to 'RAVENFEAST' other than changing the title, it is ready to pass through to NEW GENERATION, wherewithal permitting this summer.