I am an aspiring writer. Shh, don't tell my boss. When you've worked in finance all your life, you eventually realize the lack of intellectual stimulation such a job affords.
In any event, I've reached that stage where I would actually like to attempt to get something published. I figured the first step would be to actually show samples of my work to a professional in the publishing or editing field. However, I have no clue how to proceed.
My question for anyone on Extremeskins who is a writer, published or not, is this: what do I do? Do I contact a local editor? Do I need to hire an agent? Should I just air-drop paper on a large metropolitan statistical area?
If anyone has any tips or knowledge on this matter, I would greatly, greatly appreciate it. Since there are so many eloquent and intelligent posters here who could potentially be writers, I thought I'd broach this question first with this broad audience. If you would like to answer via PM that would be appreciated, but there may be more like me who would be interested in hearing your answer as well.
It's probably important to note that at this point, I'm less interested in earning money from my writing than I am in getting that writing published. Also, my genre of choice is fiction. I tend towards sci-fi (lighter than normal on the "sci" part) and fantasy.