Okay, so you all ready have some problems.
Do NOT by any means compare yourself to famous authors. There is no way that anyone will be above or below Stephen King or Jane Austen, and I don't mean that in the way you'd think.
What I mean is that every writer is so unbelievably different from the next that it is almost comical. You can't be better than Stephen King or worse because I bet you a billion dollars that you have two completely different voices in your work.
There are a million writers out there that, because they are new or for any other reason, can't get their talent out there for everyone to see. It wasn't just Stephen King. Remember that things happen to everyone, not just your favorite celebrities.
If it's a short story, then you should revise it yourself first. Look it over a million times and revise. Then give it to someone you trust to revise. Then to someone else. Then to another person. You must get as many opinions and revisions that you can before you even consider publishing.
Then, transport it to manuscript form (you can do this whenever you like- you just have to do it before you send it off). You can find the correct way to do a short story manuscript online. Google it.
Once it's in manuscript form, then you revise it again yourself, taking all of the notes you recieved to make your short story the best that it can be. Then have the same people look at it again and again. You can't have it revised too many times- that isn't possible.
If you'd like to, you can now send it to a professional editor. This may be pricy depending on how many words. Sometimes it's five cents per word, sometimes five dollars per page. Check out a few editor's prices before you send your story to them.
Also, make sure that this editor is a reccomended editor. You don't want to send your short story to someone that would steal it and make it their own story.
After all of that is done, make a top five list of publishers. Have another five publishers that are your "just in case" publishers. A lot of people have a preferance. I'd pick a publisher that has the actual building, at the most, an hour away, just in case you need to meet.
Then, send your story, one at a time (wait for the first one you send it to to respond, then to the next publisher), to each publisher that you picked.
This is the longest process. Depending on the popularity of the publisher, this could take from weeks to months to years. You must be patient. While waiting, write more short stories. It's easier to get published after you have been once.
Finally, the day that you get a letter- or call- that your short story is PERFECT for the company.
This is where it gets expensive. The more copies you want, the more you have to pay.
That's all that I can tell you there- now it's up to you. Hope that I helped.
· 1 decade ago