The traditional route requires that you get a literary agent who will sell your work to large, integrated publishers. Although the industry is changing fast, that is still the best course for most would-be authors. Agent advice centre
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. The site enables you to set search filters (eg: according to genre and agent experience) and see rich data on the agents you select.
On the other hand, it is now possible to self-publish or e-publish relatively cheaply and to a very high standard. Depending on what your manuscript is, and depending on your own skills and ambitions, this could well be the right course of action for you. Publishing advice guide