Wow that book is crazy expensive, but yes I will need something like that soon, thank you.
Shogun, I am not a programmer at all, I am teaching myself all the relevant game development skills as I go (my only pre-existing skill was writing).
However so far in 4 months I have managed to teach myself enough art and design to create everything you can see on my website (just updated the Towns and Cities mock-up art to reflect the eventual tile structure). And I taught myself enough HTML to set up and code the website from scratch, no 'helper' software involved.
So my current internal debate is whether to teach myself enough about coding to create a prototype, or ask someone to do it for me. I would love to learn to do it myself, but I already have rather a lot on my plate around my silly full-time job and doing the writing/structure/artwork for the game. At the very least I would like to learn enough about programming so that I can be a good project manager and leader and communicate properly with programmers- hence the reason for my original post.