Another happily-ever-after, in the author's own words:
But that's not the end. In January 2012 I entered your Drop the Needle contest (I was entry #1 with an excerpt from GALLOP). I got such constructive feedback on the scene, which helped me revise, and it might very well have helped me find representation. The fantastic Michelle Witte from Mansion Street Literary Management offered representation in July of 2012, which I quickly accepted.
What I'm really trying to say is thank you--all that you do for writers as part of Miss Snark's First Victim really does make a difference.