If you fancy yourself an indie author and would rather publish your work yourself instead of waiting for someone to pick it up and give you a book deal, the Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books offers helpful self-publishing tools.
In particular, their SelfEspress platform offers writing and cover creation toolsets that not only allow you to transform your words into a professional-looking paperback (or ebook!), but let you collaborate with others as you write as well. Their self-publishing tools help streamline the entire process and link you to nearby Espresso Book Machine locations. Their other services include providing metadata, assigning an ISBN and professional editorial, design and project management services among many other benefits.