Some of my critique group members went on a trip to a large metropolitan library. We watched this machine brew a book and learned about self-publishing options.
It was like seeing the “back office” of the publishing world. A maze of doors and hallways that require safe navigation through wisdom and research.
Preparation pays off before you self publish and it also protects you, because every choice you make creates a bend, an accident, or moves you safely forward on your road of writing.