I'm a recent retiree from other things, now a writer. Never a programmer. If I ever need to write code (such as LaTeX) I use the "Cargo Cult" method of looking at what others did, even though I rarely understand the fundamentals. Under my real name, I've already published a novel, using pdflatex with microtype for the typesetting beauty. In that case, I used Acrobat Pro for the final PDF/X-1a. Currently I am attempting to create a LaTeX package that will allow many users to do that from within TeX, since current packages don't suffice. So far, success! I hope to have it polished by the end of May 2015.