Guest blogger Joe Hartlaub on submissions.
To get published, submit the cleanest possible manuscript. Check for typos, (unintended) grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and misspellings. I am the world's worst proofreader. Find someone who is the best and pay them if you must, but have them go through your manuscript with the critical eye of an eighty year-old nun. SpellCheck is the first step, not the last.