When trying to get a novel published, the number one question you need to constantly ask yourself is – why would anyone read this? If you are just writing something for your own self-gratification that you hope will make you famous – or if something is merely cathartic for you, that might not translate to sales.
So here are some words of wisdom from a literary agent on 25 reasons she tends to reject queries. I think some of this list was repetitive, but most of the points were good. Make sure you have a plot. Have a plot people can understand. Have a plot you can actually explain to other people. Have a plot people will care about.