"...new media is largely free. So why teach it in school as if it were a scary theory? Why encourage people to be afraid? Just do it. Build your own platform. Appear in the places that seem productive or interesting or challenging or fun. Experiment quietly, figure out what works, do it more." So says Seth Godin.
Write articles for "free" eZines. Write your novel, one page a day, in your blog.
As Godin says, "spread yourself thin, don't be afraid of failure." And quietly figure out what works.