Hi Lynn, good to hear from you.
The option to self publish is on the back burner until I see how my agent submissions go. If I get repeated rejections then I will look for alternatives. My story though has some publishing disadvantages that agents and publishers might find daunting. Firstly it is very long, some 240,000 words whereas the recommended length for a first time author is in the region of 80,000 to 100,000. Secondly it covers an era that not many people are interested in, the late Neolithic. Bronze age waring tribes and metal weaponry are far more de rigueur these days. But this is a story that my head demanded that I write. I live in the area where most of it is set, surrounded by neolithic tombs and henges.
The book cover I have worked on is just a trial. The pattered symbol across the front and back is the Token Stone of the title. A real book cover designer will obviously come up with something better, but these are the elements I would like it to include.
If all else fails I'll self publish a few copies and give them to my grandkids as something their granddad did.
Bye for now. Alan Drwm