Lately I’ve been reading different manuscript submissions and it’s taking me back to the days of grading college freshman composition essays. (Well, okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement. Thankfully, nobody is writing anything along the lines of “Three Reasons Beowulf is an Epic Hero.”) When I was in grad school I used to volunteer to read submissions from the slush pile at the literary journal the English department put out and it was amazing how many of the problems that showed up in comp classes showed up in those submission as well. So, here are some things to keep in mind . . . especially if you want the person reading your manuscript to invest an inordinate amount of time and money to publish it.