Are there any simple tricks that I can do with my finished manuscript that will help a publisher be a little more impressed with my work?
Yes, there is are two very easy tricks that you can do that will impress the heck out of a publisher:
- Follow their submission guidelines.
- Run your spell check and grammar check and correct everything.
Those two tricks alone will get you far. You have no idea how many of the manuscripts I received didn't do these two very simple and very easy things.