QueryShark has been up and running for about 28 months. There are 168 entries. I've signed one client out of the that list (the amazing Dan Krokos #124.)
But look at #119.
When this query arrived it was the very definition of mess. I spent more time striking out paragraphs than actually critiquing them. My final comment was "I don't have any clue what the story is here. Form rejection."
So the author worked on it. She didn't get much better, but there was progress.
At the second iteration, I gave her the recipe for a query and told her to start over.
The third iteration got us somewhere in terms of the plot.
The fourth and fifth iterations were better, but frankly it was still unfocused and not enticing.
By revision #6, we'd been at this for almost a YEAR. A lot of that was down time since I work on QueryShark in off hours; when I'm not so exasperated at mistakes I can actually offer constructive suggestions rather than simply "this sux, what are you thinking"; and, on the most recent post revisions first.
But she hung there. And didn't give up. And tried.
And holy moly, she made it.
The sixth version, posted today is so much improved, that the only apt metaphor is caterpillar to butterfly.
I'm so proud of this author I could hug her. And we all know: DO. NOT. HUG. THE. SHARK. is a hard and fast rule.
This is what tenacity looks like.
This is what writers are made of.
The shark is very very happy.