I've started writing a book.
I expect it to be a difficult read. Some parts will be done as a sort of pastiche of the style of finnegans wake. Very postmodern style & narrative. I don't expect it to be very lengthy.
My question is this: how much of a nightmare is publishing going to be? I know it's usually hard for first time authors and it seems as though this will be a relatively "obtuse" book, lacking broad appeal. Also want to know about the feasibility of alternatives like self-publishing.
No one is going to read a book like that if it's your first novel. You're one of thousands to try their hand at something that has only been done well a hand full of times.
Self-publishing is viable if you want ten people to read your book.
I would advise writing short stories and getting them published. If you're good try sending in stories to McSweeney's and similar places. Try a hundred times. You won't be published over night.
Sit on this novel of yours until you have publications from reputable sources. Otherwise it will be entirely unread.
Being an author is a long road. I've been published seven times since 1995.
I guess I should add, though, that university presses are a wonderful resource for publishing books like these.
Are you a student? If you really, truly feel you are a gifted writer and can skip the pedigree-building process to release something like that your university may very well publish it for you.
Also degrees mean a lot. If you aren't a student or graduated you almost certainly have to do what my above post advises.
I'm in my last year of high school. No plans for university. I don't know if I'm 'gifted', but people have said that I have a good writing style. Here's something from a previous project which I abandoned; it wasn't going well and I wanted to be writing a different sort of book, something more humane and personal. Poor quality but I'm posting from my phone.
Give it ten years. I'm not kidding.
Write short stories. Submit them anywhere you can find. If people are publishing your work you are good. If people aren't you need to find another hobby. This only applies after five years of trying.
I would strongly advise going to a good university if you are serious about trying to make something out of writing. Get a job, apply everywhere your SAT/ACT/whatever will let you, and spend the next 10 years of your life writing and studying. If you get published you will be able to teach somewhere, so don't worry about that. Work anywhere for now. Anywhere that will take you and allow you time to do well at your university.
Otherwise you should give up being a writer. You know nothing right now, and without surrounding yourself with others with similar goals you will never reach your potential.
PostScript: regarding university, I have never been a very good student. Always had poor marks in English class. Only ever did especially well in music.
I learn better when left to my own devices. So I'm not sure whether I should just continue my studies by myself, rather than go to uni.
This is an arrogant stance, I know.