I was talking to a potential client last week, when she asked me what stood out to me about her novel. I told her that it was her characters. It was clear that even the minor people were people she knew inside and out, and that their lives kept moving after the page turned away from them. Of course, writing believable characters is not the only way to get an agent or editor’s attention. On my blog, Lamplight & Ink, I posted a review today of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Hartman does a very similar thing with the world-building in her novel. I encourage you to think about the world you’re creating and the characters who walk in it. Are you using them to push your plot? Or are you listening to them and taking in the whole world to see what the plot is?