Brewing cider is pretty easy, but there are a couple of things to concentrate on to improve your chance of success:
Note: All equipment you are using should be cleaned and sanitized prior to use http://www.howtobrew.com/book/section-1/brewing-preperations/sanitation/sanitizing-your-equipment (look for the “bleach” section)
A cider brew day can be as simple as cleanly pouring juice into a fermentor!
Let's get that cider into those bottles!
About the waiting: when in doubt it is always better to wait longer. After going through the process a few times, you'll get a good sense of how long things “should” take and where to cut corners.
Take notes! And have fun!
Some photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pGVXDVFaJ12aUT2J9