After browsing about at the many forums, I've come to learn many things that I hadn't before. I have always been a more solitary writer where my story work is seen only by me. I've presented messages, spoken word, etc, but not my stories. Because I one day hope to share my stories via being published, I decided to seek out a community. Thus, long story short, here I am :)
I've done research online with different articles on how to do this step by step but I definitely want to learn from actual individuals. I believe the information from there is invaluable. So...
How does one start?
Or maybe it's better if I give you what I have and suggestions on how to go forward from here would be easier?
My situation: I have a world. It spans 9 books on the main story line (1 complete novel in editing phases/book 1, 1/3-1/2 complete on the remaining 8), 3 full outlines on 2 side character stories, 3 brainstorms on another 2 side character stories and another stand alone on another character. All of these can be their own series on the side (9, 3 and 3). The characters in my main story line develop throughout each book, but more profoundly if you step back and look at them from the whole series journey.
That being said, I'm noticing that many successful query letters have references to publications (articles, blogs, short stories, etc). I do not have those. I don't have any singular stories either, as I like the slow build of relationships and development.
My first book has a young woman struggle to fight against her ideals of 'good always wins' and she somehow scrapes through at the end leading to her with a reckless, heroic streak in the next. The third book brings her down, further down than the even the first book, reminding her that though she means well, the world doesn't follow what you want. So she readjusts, reflects and finds her spine in the third book. Her development is interesting...but it takes a few books to see that.
I'm afraid that judging on the first book alone, her story won't catch the attention of agents/publishers.
I think I'm rambling. (Nerves). Trying to sum it up to one question: I've got the world in my head. I've got the passion to write it. But what steps should I take to publish it?
Not sure if I need to start a blog or write short stories or something...
Any and all advice is appreciated!