Then you might want to look into writing competitions. Great way to get traction, exposure, feedback, and for me deadlines to help push me into grinding and focusing to get a project finished.
read, write, edit, submit, repeat
Most require a minimal fee to cover the administration cost, under $35 is usual. But if you are getting written feedback, might be worth paying more as you are guaranteed to get something for it. Budget for submission fees in your marketing cost. Some contests run through Submittable website, Don’t let that stop you. It is legit and easy to use.
Poets and Writers Magazine is a must. They have an annual edition with contest information. – https://www.pw.org/
Another great source is Christopher Fielden’s website. He has detailed lists for novels, short stories, and more. Chris’s site includes tips for entering competitions as well as other writing advice.