My main purpose as an editor is to look for books that are well-written. Finding talent. Much like I found the talent of one of my now associate editors who now has a job with Amazon. Yes, my talent moves up in the world fast.
In fact, I am always on the look out for new editorials assistants, interns, or readers who know how to give me a summary on the books one my reading schedule. I know writers and editors when I see them or read their work.
Reading hundreds of manuscripts during the week isn't easy. It is really hard. I created a list of 10 items that every manuscript must meet. I bet you want to know what that is, don't you. That is the ticket to publication in my book. Rarely, do manuscripts meet those 10 must-haves. That list is the difference between publication and receiving my recommendation to find an editor before submission.
While I won't give you my list, I will give you 10 tips that will help you get an acquisitions editor's attention (and some things to avoid too).