What you need:
A website, whether a blog or not. But I do recommend a Parent site where you actually sell from.
A google account, so you can add the google checkout to your page. people will trust a reliable source such as that before freely giving you their CC number. And they’re so well networked, that using google adsense, make a lot of sense.
A web designer, someone with art talent or formal training is best.
An editor, this is imperative, you don’t want to smudge your big debut with word discrepancies. bad.
And then its important you find a good publishing company to print your book, like Gorham printing or Thomson Shore, TS will send you a paper sample booklet, which is nice.
AND GET YOUR ISBN #: this way book stores can track your number and acquire important re-order info… you have to buy in packs of ten, but if your planning on a series, this is good! Expect to spend around 400 bucks.
Then join the Google books search engine. this is key. But only after the editor and ISBN, and spend some time adjusting the settings with your adsense account. I only spend 3$ a day, but get a lot of traffic to my site. I also recommend reading “Hypnotic writing” It will help give you an outline of what to say…
And then lastly, print the book, sometimes you will be able to collect pre-orders to help offset the cost of printing, and remember the more you print, the less it costs per book…
I hope this was helpful to all you out there!