Is it harder than gouging out your own eyes...
to set up a private printing press? I don't mean just for self publishing purposes, but an honest to goodness small press. You know, the kind that runs off a set amount of copies and that is the proverbial.
I've been trying to find information on how expensive this would be, but am unprepared to lay out for a specialist's book on typesetting and so on that I am unlikely to understand.
Apart from some over-70s clubs in my area, there isn't any support for beginning writers, and the Arts Council only give funding to lecturers writing books about the connection between biting their toenails and Afro-non-existent-authorism. The only real alternative is to go through a self publishers, and to quote a friend, some of the titles we have looked at are 'pap'.