As you know, it's not always the winners of the SA contests and the Baker's Dozen who comprise our MSFV success stories. Many authors attribute a part of their success to this blog, despite the fact that they were NOT one of our contest winners. This email came a few months ago (yeah, this is one that fell between the cracks of the cesspool that is my inbox):
Even though I have not entered any of the Secret Agent contests in a while, and never placed when I entered the Baker's Dozen, I count my time lurking on your blog as well spent. I learned how to make a decent logline and a solid query. I cheered with the successes and commiserated with the entrants who didn't do so well. I learned that publication is a long game with a moving target.
Because of all that positive reinforcement, I had the strength to turn away from a time-sucking fantasy novel and trunk it, then work on something brand-new. I was able to write a strong query letter that earned me a full request, then an offer. I used that offer to get the attention of an agent I could otherwise never get near. Because of that agent, my first novel - an erotic romance space opera - will be published tomorrow. I'm already contracted for the sequel. And the agent is now considering my no-longer-trunked fantasy novel.
So thanks a million! Just because many of your readers might not comment all the time, doesn't mean we aren't learning from you every week.