I want to be a writer. How do I go about getting published?

My advice would be to go to your local library and borrow either the Writers’ Handbook published by MacMillan or the Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook published by A and C Black. They can usually be found in the reference section of most libraries. Failing that you could buy a copy from a bookstore. It tells you just about everything you need to know about getting published, lists all the agents and publishers and tells you what they like to look at in the first instance: whether it be an introductory letter or the first two chapters or just an outline. I would also recommend that if you can do a creative writing course, do so, in fact do a few as there is so much to learn from all of them