Liza Palmer did a book talk over at the Cal State L.A. Student Union today.
She talked about how before publishing she didn't have money to take writing or publishing classes. So in order to learn what she needed, she attended author readings at bookstores and treated those as her learning lab so to speak. I like that idea, and I know that everytime I attend an author talk I learn something new that adds to my writing and publishing arsenal.
So I'd encourage you to do the same. Take a look at the events page for your local bookstore and see what author events are coming up... and attend... even if you don't know the author or his/her work. They're free and you might meet some new folks who can add to your circle of supporters.
By the way, Liza Palmer has a great "For Writers" section on her website. It's chock full of quick and free lessons for writers.
A couple other sites I've discovered that have been assets to my writing or book-loving: Novel Spaces and Authors In Color.
Take it easy. Write on!