I am happy to say that my book, Gina's Dream can now be found at Barnes & Noble and in iBooks.
As I add to my experiences, I hope they help those considering self-publishing and new self-published or indie authors, a bit, to find their way through the thicket of information, procedures and processes.
Again, I credit Mark Coker, Smashwords founder, for helping guide me through the process. But, each author will have their own set of questions to research and their own set of snags they hit along the way.
I also found, the Smashwords Forum (see Bulletins for link). There you meet other SW authors who may have similar experiences or questions and can offer advice.
But, I also had to rely on internet searches for answers to some procedural questions. One recent question was "How do add my iBook link to my blog?" I got my answer at Stackoverflow.com. You can see my iBook link under GF Bookshelf with Gina's Dream, for an example.
Now I am, in essence, doing a brain dump of much of the information I gathered in order to self-publish for a future presentation. One fact I found that surprised me was the demographics of eBook purchasers/readers. Who are we? We are: mostly caucasian, 34-55, highly-educated suburbanites that use Kindles for the most part.
Another surprising fact was the number of eBook reading devices and applications, too numerous to list and most were unknown to me. You can find that info on Wikipedia for a start.
Marketing and Research continues. Keep writing.