Jane Friedman wrote:
"There Are No Rules - Agents
Objectivity is critical.
Writing is an art... publishing your art is a business.
You need to know that a business executives (Agent and then Editor for the publisher) believe that many people will want to read your story. Chances are that your story has some things in there that will delight your friends and family... because they know you, they get it, and maybe they are excited by what you have done. The agent and editor don't bring all that baggage to the game.
Bring on a dose or reality... that will make me a better writer, a better story teller.