I particularly love the ones that arrive in my mailbox with some kind words for this blog, Chum Bucket, or QueryShark!
Thus it was that Christi Corbett made my day with this:
During the 13 years it took me to go from initial idea to contract I searched for all the publishing information I could find, which is why I'm a long-time follower of your blog. I sincerely appreciate you sharing your knowledge through your posts, the Chum Bucket, and QueryShark. Thanks to your feedback, I knew it was finally time to quit fiddling with the query and go for it.
I got 55 rejections before I queried Astraea Press, and then five more after I signed the contract, two more the week before it released, another on release day, and then another the day it hit #1 on the "Hot New Releases in Westerns".
It took so long because I had so much to learn, but I never gave up on my dream. Here's a link to "My Not So Glamorous Story of How I Got My Book Deal".
I love the part where Christi holds a yard sale to fund her trip to a writer's conference. Talk about tenacity!
I skedaddled over to Astreaea Press to buy the book.