I have just joined She Writes, and have been browsing the web site. How are things with you at this point? I am not too clueless now, but I have had the help of resources along the way.
Valarie H. aka Heather Rowan.
To get started I signed up for a three year writing course on line. This was an excellent decision on my part,It had been a few decades since I had sat in on an basic English class.I had the gift of a one-on-one Tutor and a valuable set of resources.
I have invested in a subscription to Writers Digest for some years now. A great magazine for writers at all levels. In my library of reference books I value two I have, authored by Sol Stein. Sol Stein On Writing,+ How To Build A Novel. As you develop as a writer, so many doors are opened to you. There is a whole world for beginning writers out there.
I try to write every day, whether I feel like it or not.
I'm not as green as I used to be, but I'm still learning so much as I go along. I'm attending a writer's conference next month to try and pick up some pointers and other good info from the attendees. Other than a few of the She Writes group, I haven't joined any writers groups; and I haven't taken a class in years, so I'm probably behind the times on so many of the new trends in writing and publishing.
Like you, I'm trying to be very careful with my work, and not just throw it together in a rush. I've found several of the discussion threads here on She Writes very helpful and insightful. I browse other blogs and read as many articles as I can from the bloggers who are also writers and published authors. I also watch some of the Youtube videos from agents and editors. It's all coming together slowly for me. My next books will all be self-published, so I hope to make good use of the info I pick up. I want to be credible and competitive out there.
And definitely please feel free to ask me any questions that you have on the self-publishing process. I am among those writers who would be glad to share info and experiences. Most of my own experiences have been positive, but I know there are plenty of pitfalls out there that we have to watch out for, even as we gain more experience.