As I mentioned in one of my conference recaps, one of the agents I met with at Mount Hermon recommended I cut another significant chunk of words from the ms... and then I was welcome to submit again.
I'm looking at 150,000 words as a goal now. It seems even more impossible, without a total rewrite, than my earlier goal of 200,000. I'm clinging to that aforementioned agent's assessment that Kindred is overwritten (still!!). On the positive side, this means there's still line-by-line room for editing. I have it down to nearly 195,000 now, as I begin this new edit.
Also, I'm expecting a book in the mail another agent suggested might help me focus the storytelling. It's called The Moral Premise.