After dealing with false agents (primarily the New York Literary Agency) and a stack of rejection letters, I'd become very downtrodden with the publishing business and stopped trying, though I did not stop writing. With the aid of some friends who insisted that my work be made available to the public and my wife who did some research, we found that a great way to get started is to use CreateSpace through Amazon.
So far I have two novels published through CreateSpace and have just topped a 100 sales without doing much in the way of advertising. We will be getting tables at upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions and have plans to get more advertising out there. In an industry where opportunities are rare, I've made my own, and I plan to take full advantage of it.