Step 1: Wait for Gutenberg to invent the printing press, which kicks off centuries of progress in printing technology, culminating in fast, cheap laser printers.
Step 2: Wait for Donald Knuth to write LaTeX and METAFONT, which allows digital typesetting to be beautiful.
Step 3: Wait for the internet to be invented, allowing easy transfer of information, and the establishment of internet print-on-demand services like lulu.com.
Step 4: Have a friend publish a fantastic book using Lulu, so you can see a little from the outside how it works, and ask for advice.
Step 5: Have another friend with a complete book all typed up, ready to be published (her father’s memoir).
Step 6: Dump the Word docs to plain text; write perl to insert LaTeX formatting codes for chapters, blockquotes, leading verse for each chapter, etc.
Step 7: Follow advice for creating a Lulu-ready PDF (page sizes, embedded fonts, etc.).
Step 8: Upload the PDF to Lulu — boom, now it’s for sale!
Step 9: Use latex2html to generate a HTML version of the book; use Calibre to convert HTML into both .mobi (Kindle) and .epub (all other) e-book formats.
Step 10: Create a WordPress blog to advertise the book and disseminate e-books.