I've heard that in the commercial publishing industry, agents and editors will criticize authors' works and authors need the thick skin to listen to criticism. I don't have the thick skin, so the only path for publishing I can go on is self-publishing. I have picked which company I want to publish with, but before I do, I want to find a way to see if my book is publishable (which won't be until at least one other draft after my current one). I was thinking about finding somewhere to rent space where people can buy my book and contact me to see if their kids liked it. I'll be eighteen by then, so that part won't be an issue. But I don't know where I can rent space. I can't imagine that a bookstore will let me if my isn't officially published. I don't want to use online sites like worthy of publishing or fictionpress anymore, because that didn't help. If that's not possible, what are some other ways. I don't want to give my book out to people I know personally, because they'll say they liked it to be polite.