If you are an aspiring author, find a group like this where you can pick the brains of those further along the publication path. Published authors find writing groups a safe haven where they can talk craft with people who understand the trials and tribulations of writing fiction. Live in a remote area? There are many national groups with on-line loops, local chapters, and opportunities such as podcast recordings of meeting presentations.
Writing can be a lonely, solitary pursuit. Many groups have grown to offer mutual support. Try volunteering, if you have a little time to spare. I have learned more than I can list from groups like these:
Sisters In Crime (brothers welcome, too)
Mystery Writers of America
Pikes Peak Writers