At last, the final draft of Estranged Earth is complete, and I can start submitting queries again. It took a long time to get it right, but I believe it was worth it. I tried to clean up all the awkward prose as well as rearrange passages to make the point of view conform to guidelines, then I added to or changed small parts of the story. It should be easier and more enjoyable to read now.
I'm also free to finish the sequel, which is still in the draft stage but is about 50,000 words long so far. Hopefully this one won't take quite so long to finish as the first. If I'm lucky (and diligent), I might finish it in time to pitch them both to agencies and/or publishers (on the theory that two books of the same series are better than one).