Becoming a successful published author is not just about writing a good book. It's unfortunate but a beautifully written story will not sell itself. I'm sure you've heard this before though. You need to know the publishing industry and the genre you're writing in. This is important now more than ever becasue technology is changing how readers interact with content.
Using Google Sites, I created a Publishing Industry Research Guide for a class assignment. The resources in this guide show how I research the publishing industry. You can view it here or on the left sidebar under Publishing Industry Research Guide. Let me know what you think!