Although I didn’t get in out of the 2,600 entries, two of the six mentors I submitted to loved it, and one said,
“You were really close. You have something special. Query that baby.”
So that’s what I’m going to keep doing, although I have a little bit of tweaking to do after some genius-driven advice from another writer.
Thanks again to all of you who read it for me and gave helpful feedback. I’m looking forward to the day when I can send you all published copies.