Though it is FINALLY looking like spring LOL, and we can finally get outside, the kids are still in school, which is a good reminder to authors in general, especially newer authors...don't let the fresh air make you forget to do your homework, too!
This is a good life lesson, especially in the publishing industry. Study your craft constantly. Learning never stops (even for editors 😁).
Most importantly, do your homework before you submit. Most publishing houses have their submission guidelines on their websites.
ABIDE BY THEM.
In reality, this is your first test as an author. Are you able to follow simple guidelines? Can you do what is asked of you in the general form?
You may be quirking your brow and saying, "What? A test? Seriously?"
Yes. Maybe not a serious, sit down, use a #2 pencil type one, and maybe not in the terms any actual publishing house would use, but there are editors on the other end of that submission email who roll their eyes at someone who sent multiple attachments when it was specifically asked that no attachments be sent with a query, or when you use a really weird and fancy font when a simple Times New Roman 12 was asked for in their submission guidelines. No, you aren't physically graded, but not adhering to simple guidelines can start you off on the wrong foot with someone you really want to impress. The editor first looks to see if you can follow simple directions, which lets them know that when it's time for the more indepth directions of edits on your manuscript, you are someone who pays attention to details, someone who is willing to do the work.
Show them you are someone they want to work with; show them you are someone they CAN work with; show them you are serious and took the time to research their site, and they will know you are someone who is willing to learn and willing to work for their craft.
And I'll let you in on a secret, those are the answers to that first test....Submission Etiquette 101.