I've been down with a bug, so here's a long list of posts I thought you'd find useful.
What is the ideal page count for a first novel? from Ask a Literary Agent
What's not to like? from Bent on Books - about how agents choose manuscripts
Manuscripts Roasting on an Open Fire, Jack Daniels Nipping at My Nose...
from Editorial Anonymous - about querying over the holidays
Character or symbol from edittorrent
Thoughts on pacing-- nothing brilliant also from edittorrent - very helpful
No! No! Bad Writer* from Fiction Groupie - about rules to make your writing stronger
This Magic Moment* also from Fiction Groupie
- What separates a novel from being just good to being great?
How semantics can help you! Part 3 by Juliette Wade, from SFWA
Each Character has a Job from Mystery Writing is Murder
The Last NaNoPost from Paperback Writer - about not giving up
Look at the photos of the castle!
Marketing Principles: Part 2 of 3 by Jim Rubart, from Rants & Ramblings
Steinbeck was wrong from Plot to Punctuation - about ideas
Chekhov's Gun from The Literary Lab
Guest Post: Connecting "Point of View" and "Show, Don't Tell" from the Sharp Angle