How often have you thought, "I could write a book." Writing it is one thing and selling it in this competitive world is quite another. In today's marketplace you need an literary agent just to get your manuscript read by a publishing house. You may go the self-publishing or e-book route. Understand that the burden of promotion is on you both financially and physically. That's a pretty big undertaking.
Check out GLA's contest here to win a literary agent. This contest focus is on young adult fiction writers. The contest is live through the end of the day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Good luck!