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When I was new to dogs and obedience in the early 1990's, the book "Successful Obedience Handling - The New Best Foot Forward" by Barbara S Handler was recommended to me. It is goes step by step of getting ready to compete in the obedience ring. At the time it really helped me, as there were not any formal obedience classes where I lived.
Yes, you can do it alone. I'd say once you and your dog know the exercises at home, going to different places to practice and proof, is the best thing you can do to prepare.
Robin is right, nowadays it is so much easier, with various media available. Also, before you enter Novice A, you can get your dog used to the ring with starting in Rally, Beginning Novice A, Pre-Novice A. Those classes weren't in existence when Robin and I started. We had to go right into Novice A.