I actually connected with April Cox, who likes helping new writers self publish. She's really nice but that's about it. That group and the other one I'm in is kinda like Fiverr, someone is looking for an illustrator, 200+ artists start fighting for the gig. And now in recent weeks this fighting and complaining you mention as gone stronger.
Seems like the best way to get serious work, if one does not have a huge following is a rep