Thanks, Patty, I super-appreciate the info. It helped relieve some of the tension. I'm planning on waiting until I hit the 18 month mark on submission before sending DAW another submission status query, and hopefully this time they'll friggin' answer it, lol. If not . . . well . . . I never considered suicide bomber a good career choice before ;-P JUST KIDDING obviously to that last part, in case it's misinterpreted. Good thing is I've self-published two books and written the following 3 novels in my proposed fantasy series since my original submission. There's at at least.