When I first started writing books, I thought I knew what the business was all about, but I didn't, and I had to learn the hard way. Luckily, there were some people who were willing to help (some other writers and even some editors and agents. Lovely people.) But still, I had a lot to learn and I had to do a lot of researching.
I wrote my help book, So You've Written A Book. Now What? to help other authors just starting out get past some of the really difficult parts of this authoring business. Several authors who had been in the business for years also got the book and many said they wish they had had it when they started.
Now I write about a novel per year, but a lot of my time is directed toward helping other authors.
I've set up a page on my site here to listing materials, from me and from others, that are meant to help other authors, both new and already established. See the HELP FOR AUTHORS page in the ABOUT menu at the top of the page.
In addition, I've begun doing some ghostwriting for other people, either actually doing the writing for them or helping them learn the things they need to move forward. I've helped some people here in the U.S. as well as several places overseas, and it's a great feeling to be able to help. You can find a whole page on the subject in the ABOUT menu at the top of the page.
If you are interested in getting into this writing business, either getting out a story you've had in mind for a long time or maybe just wondering what it's all about, you are welcome and advised to look through the things I've set out here. Don't get caught after you've started trying to write suddenly realizing what you should have learned earlier. Learn it now.