from Arthur A. Levine Books
Arthur Levine, the imprint of Scholastic
that publishes HP) has just set up a web page
with a couple of absolutely smashing outlines for talks she's given on what editors like herself look for in a manuscript, and what aspiring authors can do to improve their chances of selling a novel.
She does all this via an extended metaphor about falling in love, used in both outlines, which makes the information she's trying to convey not only entertaining, but memorable. I would have loved to hear her give these talks in person, but having them on the web is surely the next best thing...Finding a Publisher and Falling in Love: A Convivial Comparison
The Rules of Engagement
Go forth and enjoy.