AZBarbarian, your on the right track. Far to many people try to jump into reloading without reading a manual first or get hands on instruction from a experienced reloader.
They disregard common sense and then get frustrated when their reloads fail to do what they had hoped.
The ABC's of reloading is a great book and Lyman's 49th is great additional data and info. You will be producing quality ammo in no time.
Starting out with straight walled pistol calibers is a great place to start. Rifle is not all that much more difficult but, does require more steps and work such as case trimming.