Every community has a published author. Some will make it known others won’t. But for the authors that do make it known, it will be necessary for you to actively seek them out. If they are promoting a new book, you may want to consider attending the event. Become a good neighbor. Get to know the writers in your area.
Head over to your local bookstore and check the shelves for local authors. Read their books. Write them a letter. Make an attempt to get to know them. If they write in your genre track their career and find out who their publisher is and if possible their agent. I’m not saying that you should become a stalker, but you should ask questions and they will more than likely be happy to help you.
Check your local paper for book signings and events related to writing. Most of the events will be free or will cost very little. Arrive early so you can look around and visit with others who are attending. Chances are you will learn a lot from just visiting with your fellow writing neighbors. Face-to-face networking is critical to you and your books success.
Your first steps to becoming a good writing neighbor will be the first steps towards your success and the success of your book. Happy Writing!