Connections in the writing community run wide and deep. I love this!
In the author's words:
Peter Salomon and I were classmates at Emory and we reconnected via Goodreads early this year. We began messaging each other about where we were with writing and he was the one who told me about your site. Needless to say, I was excited to learn of it. So I fed it into my reader and began following. I then won the lottery for the March Secret Agent and mid-March I was stunned to learn I was one of the winners! When I entered your contest, I had just returned from my first writer's conference and this win on your site was my first ever official feedback I'd received from an agent and it gave me the confidence that I was not crazy in pursuing my writing. I did a short burst of querying that month and then stopped to do another Beta round. I revised and polished it and in mid-September, put it out there again. I'm now happy to report that I had three offers of representation in that short time and signed with Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon on October 4th.
Pete said I should email you to let you know how much participating in your blog contest helped me along in this process. Thank you!