I know this is late but I HAD to thank my friends before I shared this with you. While I was having a wonderful/emotional time at the LDStorymakers conference something amazing happened.
Just a few weeks ago I sent ten pages of my MS to an editor for a free review. Then at the conference I was able to give my elevator pitch to a publisher.
At the conference the editor who gave me my review asked to see more of it. Then the publisher that I gave the pitch to asked me to send her my full MS. So in one afternoon, I recieved two requests for my MS!!!!!!!
Now this doesn't mean that they will accept it or even like the rest of the book, But it was afirming that at least my first ten pages and my elevator pitch, garnered some attention.
Hard work pays off guys, write the best work you can and work on your public presence as well. Toughen that skin so you can make your work shine, and learn to present yourself in a positive and professional way. Memorize that pitch so when someone asks you about it, it's there on the tip of your tongue. Don't be afraid of talking to people you admire, it can take you far. :) Blogs, websites, and social networks definately help too.
Just thought you'd like to know.