It might be worthwhile you taking one of the TrainSimple.com or Lynda.com online video tutorials, such as this
I believe you can get a 10 days free trial.
(I have no connection with the companies mentioned!)
I recently completed the lynda tutorial with Ann Marie about 3 weeks ago. Upon completion, my aim was to try out what I learned, but I keep hitting a brick wall from time to time, which stumps me. Thanks for your advice!
Try making simple test pages where you can easily try out various procedures. For example, you should be able to create a Paragraph style which indents the text.
I'm working on a simple project right now actually. I just posted another question on this forum called: InDesign ePUB - can't get image bottom to be flush with vertical css borders. If you can spare a few minutes, would you mind having a look and let me know if you have any suggestions? The post details the issues I'm having with images and css-generated vertical borders.