Remember how I said getting an agent is a huge but early step in the process, and how everything could still go horribly wrong and how I could end up homeless and despondent, eating the pages of my ill-fated manuscript and washing it down with Jack Daniels? It's a lot to explain to people in a way with more helpful detail than "homeless and despondent and Jack Daniels." But I came across this blog from a few years ago that explains the agent-to-bookshelf ordeal pretty well. In this context, I would be Herbert, the author having the nervous breakdown back home.
An Ex Publishing Insider Talks About What Editors Really Do
And, part 2