Thank you so very much for taking the time to respond so explicitly and comprehensively to my post as a novice in this industry. I especially appreciate the caveat mentioning Ms. Ring's book and the potential reaction. No one has achieved absolute perfection in this life, but I have to say that reading it has given me a lot more knowledge about the work of NSA's than I had before, and am appreciative of her contribution and necessary steps, such as websites, etc.
I recognize, as you suggest, doing as much research on a new profession as possible and am anticipating finding a mentor in the Los Angeles area with whom I can observe doing a signing.
Too bad you're in Texas. Saw your profile/listing and am impressed by your professionalism.