I heard back from the publisher confirming receipt of my manuscript and letting me know I could expect to hear from them within 90 days. I'm hopeful but am a realist. I've only crossed the first hurtle. I'll just keep praying and leave everything in God's hands.
In the meantime, that gives me 3 months to finish up and edit the longer version of my story. In the event that they reject my manuscript, I will then be in a good position to approach an agent with a more acceptable length novel and hopefully get some representation.
Today's count - 700 words Total to date - 63,365