Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed.
There is no single “correct” path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different. I’ve worked with and without agents; I’ve published with a small academic press and with a big trade one; I’ve worked with good editors and bad ones; I’ve followed some standard industry guidelines, and I’ve broken plenty of others.
Check out these 11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published – http://publicationlife.com/11-tips-getting-book-published/