Yes, it's about time for another success story to warm your innards! Here is Leah Petersen's tale, in her own words:
In November 2010, I got into Authoress’s Secret Agent Contest over on Miss Snark’s First Victim and my first 250 words went up for everyone and the agent to crit and comment on. The agent hated it. OK, maybe hated is a strong word. Then again, maybe it’s not. She had a lot to say about what was wrong with it. Well, buck up, Leah, and do something with this. I did. I took her input and made it better.
Well doesn’t that look nice? And, look, they look PERFECT for me. Dragon Moon Press. Hmmmm…
I sent in my submission. Two days later Gabrielle Harbowy emailed me back asking for the full. One day after that she emailed again. She’d finished the entire. damn. thing. and wanted to talk. SQUEEEEE!
Gabrielle and I talked. She got my story. She got my guys, and she felt passionate about them and the story the way I did. This was so right. A few weeks later I had an offer in my inbox.
This story is especially "real life" for me, since I had the pleasure in November of meeting Gabrielle for breakfast in San Francisco. She is a passionate, dedicated editor (and author), and any writer would be fortunate, indeed, to have her for an editor.
Hooray for good news!