So a big THANK YOU to:
I meant to express my thanks sooner, but I've been busily revising the manuscript based on your insightful comments and plan to start submitting it again soon.
Thanks also to librarian-extraordinaire, Gayl Smith, who put me in touch with these great readers. I'll keep Ms. Smith posted about my progress in finding a publisher for the story. You can also check back on this page for future updates.
Hope you all have a wonderful summer!