So I've checked my Ps and Qs and dotted my Ts. I've scanned my art and dummy, and covered my cover letter. So even if they don't want it, I think they will be pleased with my professionalism and presentation (but maybe they'll want it???!!!!) and they will ask for more. Figners figners figners crossed.
AND let's not forget Knopf...they are getting it too. Let's hope they feel the same.
(And I have a new idea for my floating mice illustration....oh boy.)
Once in a lifetime you have to make a good first impression because it may be only once in a lifetime.
As my illustrator critiquer said, "You want them to remember you!"