The publishers got back to me quickly about the submission of my manuscript. The lady liked the manuscript enough (even though it was a rejection) that she gave me lots of detailed hints on how to make it submissible!!! That never happens, guys.
So... back to the word processor. I'm excited. It's so funny how it's hard to see the weaknesses and strengths in your own work, while you can easily pick apart even bestselling novels. But I've got somewhere to go now, and I know right what things to hit. Yay!!!
Here's to developing as an author.