If you decide to sell your work, you’ll have to get familiar with the publishing industry. A few weeks back I blogged about doing a thorough background check of a potential agent or publisher to make sure they’re not a scammer (or just plain incompetent), and forgot to mention the helpful forums at Absolute Write Water Cooler (you have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the search tool). Do a search on the forum content using the name of the person or company you want to investigate. I’ve noticed that the Writer Beware bloggers hang out there on occasion.
My one piece of advice in using these three websites is to wait until the end of your workday to visit them, instead of first thing in the morning. It’s too easy to get distracted or start fretting about the economy when you should be focusing on your writing instead. Save them as a reward for a productive day.