One of the advantages of reading blogs written by other writers is the variety of writing advice you can pick up.
We all have mourned the loss of Miss Snark. (although she did promise that her blog messages would remain up and available for everyone to read -- which I recommend you do. Click on over right now.)
Recently another useful tidbit is being passed around the blogs. I found it on The Longstockings, a blog written by a group of writers. Oh dear, they're using an older version of blogger, so I can't give you the direct link to that post. All I can do is advise you to scroll on down to the January 6, 2010 post (How Editors Think) where they list everything Dutton editors are supposed to consider while they are reading a submission.
Read it carefully.
Will YOUR manuscript make the cut?