Hello world!

I want to self-publish. It seems like the best option for me. The question that I have is: how do I get started? I understand it can take years to build an audience and start making money and I don't mind that- I'm still young and have time. Now, I wanted to start with setting up a website (it's only $200 per year-- affordable in my book considering my goals) to try and get some of my work out there and establish a presence before I consider releasing any material on Amazon (which would be my preferred landscape.) My idea is to build the audience that way. Does this make sense? What are all the steps I have to take? I'm going to work hard at saving my money and investing it into, what I consider, is my business now. Any links, references, advice, etc will be greatly appreciated!