The competition is stiff — not just for writers but also for publishers — which is why you’ll want to read the 7 Things Authors Should Do (and Shouldn’t Do) to Get Happily Published before you approach a publisher.
Rarely will publishers tell you why your book was rejected. Just ask any writer who’s received a typical rejection letter. And, even if a publisher likes your book, they might not publish it.
Unfortunately, many of those might have had a chance if they had known some of the often unspoken ‘rules’ before they approached a potential publisher. Today more than ever, writers need to understand the factors that will hinder or happily move their project along.