I have two great links to share today. One contains advice from a well-respected agent, Irene Goodman, who examines 3 common pitfalls she sees in weak submissions. Very helpful!
The second is from Lidia Blackburne's blog (listed on my left-hand menu, btw). She was brave enough to submit the first page of her manuscript to an agent for critique. Then, she was brave enough to share said critique with her blog readers. And I'm so glad she did! It was incredibly helpful for me to read it. The agent was so specific in her advice and feedback. Thanks, Lidia, for sharing that!
I love looking inside the minds of literary agents (okay, that sounds sort of creepy, lol). What I mean is, I like knowing exactly what they think about submissions they receive -- about what they love in a manuscript, and what they despise. Because, how can we know what pitfalls to avoid, unless we know what those pitfalls are? As with anything else, being informed can give us an upper hand. Knowledge is power.