This page has already generated some great questions from readers. If the questions fall into one of the already established sections, I'll add the information there as well. Here are a few questions I've received that don't fall under any specific category.
Q: What was your initial financial investment? Have you hit a break-even point yet financially?
A: Self-publishing through Lulu requires no money up front, so I had no initial financial investment. I was "in the black" after selling one book. The only thing that costs money is if you buy copies of your own book to sell in person.
Q: Did you run into any legal issues?
Q: What tools did you use to write? Word? GNU software? Specific author programs? Pencil on a restaurant napkin?
A: I personally wrote both of my books using Microsoft Word, although I am going to write my next book using only free tooks -- specifically Google Docs and Open Office.
Q: Any specific resource you used for your research? Google? Wikipedia? Your friends? Wife? etc. Did you also have any specific methodology for your research or did you just wing it?
A: The majority of my research was performed online. You nailed most of my sources: Google and Wikipedia. Whenever I quoted a source I was always sure to cite those references. Getting caught plagiarizing is just about the worst thing that can happen to a writer.
Q: When you finally got the book finished, where did you go to find a publisher? Did you start right away with self-publishing or did you originally have bigger goals?
Q: A friend of mine (though another friend) discovered Lulu. It was my plan all along to self-publish, my thought being, if I could self-publish a book and get some attention, maybe that would help me get my second book published. Because I was self-publishing I decided to pick the most obscure book I was considering writing (Commodork is about old computer bulletin board systems) and do that one first -- that way I wasn't potentially "throwing away" an idea that could possibly be a billion seller later on down the road. In retrospect I think I made the right call.