The second you think you might want to be a published author, you need to start using social media.
Maybe, even before.
What, you ask, is social media? It is only the very best way for a debut author to come out of obscurity or shine the light on yourself, if you will. If you aren't already using social media and don't know where to start, I've complied a list for you to click-through.
Now you can sign-up for 9 different avenues to getting your name out there.
There are others, but these are the major ones out there.
Make sure you are signed up for each one and fill out your profiles for each.
Some are more important than others and you should limit your time on them. Use them effectively and you will win. Spend all your time with them and you will get lost in the maze of social media. I spend no more than 1 hour a day on social media.
The top 4 are a must and the next two are pretty important. If you write non-fiction, get involved with linked-in for sure. The last 2 are extras, but you should at least have a profile on all of them.
Play around with each of them and get familiar with them, then, when you're ready to launch your books, you'll be a pro at social media and you'll be able to get maximum traction with your book.
You will be in the light.