Almost six years ago when I retired and became interested in trying to get published, I spent hours at the computer learning about the publishing business. It paid off in five book contracts and other paid/unpaid publications in magazines, ezines, and anthologies. Now, I'm interested in giving indie publishing a try, so I'm back at the computer in learning mode.
One good website I've discovered is The Book Designer (Joel Friedlander). Visit the site to download a free copy of Ten Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing. It's 24 pages of good information. He talks about the usual: platform, social media, editing, finding an audience of readers, ISBNs, formats, budgeting, covers, and marketing--but with an eye to 'do-it-yourself'.
The concept of 'indie publishing' is new for me, and I haven't even begun to get my venture off the ground. I'm still in the learning process, and I'll share what I learn here at The Word Place on a regular basis.