I am a 9th grade English teacher. I have a student who is a gifted writer. It is my greatest wish that she one day becomes a prominent young adult writer. I must admit my ignorance when it comes to the publication of books. Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
There are lots of ways to help your student without swimming in shark-infested waters.
For writers of all ages and experience levels, one of the best places to start is AbsoluteWrite.com The discussion boards there are populated by generally much nicer, much friendlier and more helpful people than my office. (Especially when I'm there alone!)