The first direct-submission packet--the aforementioned "packet of doom"--has been prepared. Now, all I need is some postage to send it off. On the upshot, I do not feel as sick as I did when I sent off my very first query, so that's a good thing. The bad news is...once I mail it off, the butterflies begin and won't stop for months.
Crazy--and understatement of the totality of emotion and mindset--is how I feel. But, as Seal sang: We're never gonna survive unless...we get a little crazy! ;)