Over at her blog, Diana Peterfreund has posted a terrific primer on the publishing industry. Not only does she provide great, specific information on agents, publishers, and others (and answer important questions in the Comments sections), there's a helpful glossary too.
Check it out! And remember this sage advice:
* There is no secret handshake.
* There is no magic ticket.
* You don't need to know anyone.
* Every author was once a debut author. New authors sell books all the time.