I'm not close to sending anything off to a publisher just yet, but there is more than enough helpful information for aspiring young authors out there.
And most of it comes from agent Rachelle Gardner. Here is a link to her blog. And it's a fantastic blog, at that.
I'm tossing it up there today because her post from this morning is especially grand for budding novelists like yours truly. You can also follow Gardner on twitter @RachelleGardner.
If you're a writer of any kind, you would do yourself a couple of huge favors by adding both of those links to your favorites. Read her stuff, then read it again.