With something as career-significant as your scholarly plan, you would probably feel more certain if you received advice from more than one source - albeit the Co-Oracles of Richmond. To satisfy your desire for corroboration (a necessary disposition for a scholar-researcher), we've gathered sage comments from colleagues from hither and yon concerning approaches to becoming a publishing scholar. You'll note that their comments often overlap - and that's a positive thing since such repetition affirms the strategy's validity and helps you learn it. Our colleagues come from a variety of disciplines and positions - some are administrators and some reside outside the purely academic zone - but all have successfully published, many outside of their discipline.
Pearson, Mildred M. Dr. and Cruse, Beverly, "Getting Published: Inquiring Minds Want to Know" (2010). Faculty Research and Creative Activity. 17.