Dear Miss Snark,
You rule! I'll treat you to a bucket of gin if I ever find out who you are. I am a newcomer to your blog, but I read back far enough to see your comments to people who sent in their first 300 words.
I had sent Chapter One of my thriller to 8 agents; none of them wanted to read further. (Ouch!) After studying your acerbic comments, I revised my first chapter, leaving out all backstory. I sent this new Chapter One to 6 agents last Friday, and today, I've already heard from one of them that she'd like to see three more chapters. Less than a week! And this wasn't even from one of the agents who expressed interest in my novel at a recent conference. So, I'm jazzed.
Miss Snark is very very happy for you!
If this gets published, Miss Snark is collecting on that pail of gin!