First of all make sure that your novel is around 100,000 words. Publishers these days will not take on longer novels unless you’re J.K. Rowling. And agents – well that’s one of the first things they look for. Finally, even when you think it’s ready for submission to agents – edit, edit, edit. Don’t just depend on spellcheck – proofread yourself or have someone proofread it for you. Then do it again. And yet again. Oh yes, and one more time. Ok, now you’re ready. Next step – compile an agent list.