Well, I'm a guy, so maybe that's not the best cliche to use for this, but it's all I could think of for this situation. Nathan Bransford was one of the great online literary agents (for the two of you out there that didn't know that already). He's been cool to me, even posting one of my blog posts on his front page once.
Each year he hosts a March Madness challenge during the NCAA college basketball championship tournament, the winner of which earns a review of part of their manuscript or query. The bridesmaid reference in my post title is about the fact that I have now come in 2nd twice in the three times that I have played! There are a lot of entrants, so doing that well is pretty good...but second doesn't get me any more than dead last does. I would have loved to see what he would have thought about my WIP, a sci-fi thriller called The Immortality Game (link on the sidebar).
Drats! Nathan eludes me yet again!
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