You must take yourself seriously as a writer before anyone else will.
The only “secret formula” to getting published is to write a great story.
What are agents and editors looking for? According to agent Donald Maass, “Great storytelling, beautifully written.”
Being able to summarize your story in a sentence or short paragraph means you really know what your story is about.
Characters in all genres are often not written deeply enough. Avoid making your character too perfect.
Most stories usually need more drama, not less.