Writing is awesome. Being able to be in control of what I write and how it's published is a great feeling.
Being a published author requires work. It takes more than just talent to succeed. It takes hard work. Hard work means persistence: to keep moving forward. If you have a book that you want to write, write a few pages to your book every day or at least once a month. You'd be surprised at how much the pages will add up. For the poets out there, write a poem everyday! You can do it. That quiet time that you have when you get home and are clearing your head, get a piece of scrap paper and put your words to paper.
Self-publishing or agent-seeking can begin at a later date. Stay focused on completing a manuscript.