In the world of Wikipedia it goes like this:
"The Four Stages of Learning provides a model for learning. It suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or unconscious of their incompetence. As they recognize their incompetence, they consciously acquire a skill, then consciously use it. Eventually, the skill can be utilized without it being consciously thought through: the individual is said to have then acquired unconscious competence"
Me starting the journey to publication: unconscious incompetence, for defs.
In all fairness, that lasted maybe 30 minutes before I progressed to recognising my own incompetence. I've spent years learning to write - a constant journey of improvement - and suddenly, come around July, I realised it's probably going to take about the same number of year to wrap my head around the publishing industry and the subtleties of submitting a query. Like maybe, thirty years.
So, for the benefit of people in the same state of cluelessness, here's what I had discovered on my journey so far: