Guest blogger S.J. Heckscher-Marquis looks at several factors when considering whether to publish a novel.
First the writing. If you have not grabbed my attention with the blurb, you might find it difficult to engage my interest in the book itself. Why is the blurb important? People browse books by the blurb, so you have to be enticing.
First five paragraphs... do your characters seem interesting? If not, does your writing suggest that the characters may grow and change? Excite me, grab me... if you cannot do that in five paragraphs, you probably won't be able to do it in a complete novel.
Finally, what are you like as a person? Are you personable? Do you conduct yourself with dignity and sense online, or are you inclined to go off boom and wait for the fall-out to hit the fan? It might seem a little preachy, but it is important. Personable people sell more books and cause fewer problems.