Victoria Strauss give you a Reality Check from Writer Beware.
Which resource I highly recommend you read.
Writer Beware is there to help writers. It really is. So whenever a reality check fails... reality's gonna hit you.
More from Victoria: Getting Published is Not a Crap Shoot and The Perils of Searching For Publishers on the Internet and busting a Writer's Myth.
Plus, I agree with Victoria about the LinkedIn forums that she mentions [in The Perils]. Over and over, the people there ask the same questions. Constantly. If there's a FAQ there for "newbie professional questions" I surely don't know of it.
And a smart author that I found through Twitter: Roni Loren says Stop Beating Me Over the Head With Your Book.