Simple and Straightforward. If you want to be published, read this friggin flow chart. You’ll learn more from it than most people learn after years of cold calling publishers (don’t do that). The internet is your friend! Information abounds!
Also, Kate Hart is really awesome and makes the best (and most informative) infographics over on her blog. So be sure to head over there to read about YA book cover trends, sales trends ad the like.
Guy, I’m not kidding. Read the flow chart.