Thought I'd pass on a tip that was passed on to me. The UK publisher who gave us Harry Potter, Chicken House, has opened their doors to emerging writeres. Right now, you can send in your manuscript and they will look at it for you.
Editor Barry Cunningham gives you some great tips on how to submit and the best ways to sell your story to him. There's a video you can watch, which makes it even easier!
http://doublecluck.com/submissions/ So polish that story you're passionate about and send it in!