I just finished writing someone about their hope of getting their book published. Since I do this often, I might as well make the essence of my advice available here.I’m always somewhat saddened when people write me to ask about how to get their book published, because the reality is that it doesn’t matter whether your book is important to anyone or not, if you want a commercial publisher, then those folks are a business and their main consideration is whether your book is likely to sell well enough for them to invest thousands of dollars in producing and promoting it. As an author I think the world should subsidize publishers, but that only happens with university presses for specialized, scholarly books. In the commercial world, publishers have to make a living at what they do.You can try to find an agent to look for a publisher, but agents have to make a living too, and they can’t afford to try to place books that publishers don’t think will do well in sales.However modern print-on-demand technology has made it possible to self-publish one’s book easily with companies like iUniverse.com (who have re-published some of my books that had come out with a commercial publisher first but were out of print), and your book is then available for web ordering. They don’t really really advertise and promote your books, though, that’s up to you as the author. But at least you’ve shared your insights in the book, you have the satisfaction of a published book, and somebody who would benefit from your writing might come across them! That’s a big step over not having your book available at all. So you might check out iUniverse.com and similar companies.