"Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness."
(Shakespeare, The Two Gentleman of Verona, IV,ii,43)
What he's done for my novel may not lead anywhere. But he did it, at no little cost of his time and energy, and with no benefit to himself.
So, I'm dedicating this blog post to SC and his helper-in-kindness CC, who introduced me to him. And also to all the other professionals in the publishing industry - editors, agents and authors - who, at one time or another, have helped a stranger weather this long and arduous road that is a writer's journey.