I had a program last night where we had various authors come and present to about 55 patrons (80 signed up, and the weather was nasty) about how they became published authors.
During the Q&A at the end, I was able to answer a few questions myself. I'd tried to get my own book published last year, and I failed miserably. But I learned a lot - and I was able to share a bit of what I learned.
Like the forum Absolutewrite. The blog Query Shark. Preditors & Editors.
We'll be having another in November with a new round of authors, and I hope it keeps being this popular!