If you're an unpublished author, you may turn to Google to begin your journey to getting published.
"how to get published" gets 427,000 results.
"get your book published" gets 132,000 results
That's over half a million choices to make, even taking duplicates into account. So, where does one really begin?
May I recommend a terrific website loaded with great advice written by Jane Friedman? I happened upon her site clicking through GalleyCat (another great site). Friedman has a deep background in writing and publishing, and her blog is a must-read for the author wishing to become published. She covers all the bases: self publishing, book proposals, and finding an agent are must-reads. Friedman also has terrific resources in every blog post, and you can choose to subscribe by email (daily or weekly), which is a bonus.
As you can imagine, we get quite a few book proposals and queries at PGS Literary Agency; there is a formula to getting noticed. Jane Friedman's advice is spot-on, so give her a look before submitting -- not just to us, but to anyone.
And good luck!