I have used TeX and friends for many years to produce academic documents: assignments, reports, journal articles, etc. As a hobby project, I am going to try something different by typesetting a book containing a short story.
Since most of my typographic experience is with figures, tables and equations, I am feeling underprepared for the task of creating a document that has nothing to do with any these elements.
I am looking for advice on how to prepare for this project given my narrow background in typesetting academic material. Some things I wonder about are:
What key design decisions should I be aware of when creating a book containing non-scientific material?
Are there any workflow recommendations that may help guide me from the raw text to a rough draft, to a finished product?