You've spent months or years writing a manuscript, you've made a short list of agents to submit to, you've polished your query letter and first five pages until they practically glow in the dark, and you're just about to hit the post office. What's the most likely outcome?
This article also introduces my pyramid 'o' doom, as seen below:
(The pyramid is subject to revision, as are all my articles. I update them from time to time to correct rampant misinformation and physically impossible advice.)
Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)