As a beginner, I would not recommend jumping right into queen rearing. I would concentrate on honing your general beekeeping skills and knowledge first. The queen is the center of any hive, and the quickest way to loose a hive is by having a poor queen. I would strongly recommend buying your queens from a reputable queen breeder for the first couple of years.
Also keep in mind, you need more than a hive or two to prevent in-breeding.
Once you have become an experienced beekeeper, then start experimenting with queen rearing. You have many things to learn and deal with as a beginner and attempting queen rearing your first year will only reduce your chances of success.
Once you have some experience under your belt, what you read about queen rearing will be understood and will make sense. Here is more info on the method I have adapted to over the years.http://robo.hydroville.com/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=16