In August 2007 I got a cool query and a couple of sizzling first pages. I requested a partial, read it and loved it. I requested the full and LOVED it. I offered. He accepted.
I sent it out to a bunch of editors who also loved it.
I sold it.
Two years later (almost to the day that book was delivered to the editor) THE BREACH by Patrick Lee is on the NYT Bestseller extended list at #29, and hanging out on the USA Today list at #124.
Patrick Lee and The Breach are living, breathing, bestselling proof of that.