Wendy Sparrow (bugsfly on QT) has signed with agent Sarah Yake of Frances Collin Literary Agency.
As to Secrets of Skin and Stone, I'd just finished it when I first was asked to submit manuscripts to you last year. It's my personal policy to never query on anything until after I've shelved it for around six months and taken a fresh look and put it through a hard revision. That wasn't the only reason I've had it set aside, though. It's much darker than any of my other stories and I think initially I wrote it as a semi-catharsis piece for coming to grips with my own teenage years as a girl with OCD. Throughout the writing process, I sent pieces of it to my critique partners to make sure that it wasn't too disturbing… that's very unusual for me. The MC, Piper, not only has OCD but she does some cutting and, as it's in 1st person, there is a glimpse into her psyche that sometimes bothers me to read it. The other MC is a guy that can turn into a gargoyle-like creature and can kill evil spirits which are bedeviling Piper. There is also a mystery and someone out to kill Piper because she knows too much. I haven't queried on it because I just wasn't sure I wanted to hear what anyone thought about it. So as to why I'm considering it for a contest, your guess is as good as mine. It's pathetic to admit, but I often don't know why my mind latches on to certain things. If you'd like more info on "Secrets of Skin and Stone" or the first few chapters in order to give me an opinion… I can do that. Sometimes I have to laugh that I managed to mix OCD with gargoyles, but it does seem to work on some level.