I have run out of contacts in the publishing industry, so now the search is alphabetical. I haven’t heard anything back on the other two applications other than that they received them. I’ll start pushing the panic button in February. I’ll chat with my adviser soon and see what he recommends.
On another somewhat related note, school is going well. I have my syllabi and am somewhat confident that I will be able to keep up well. I’m going to try to spend quality time in the library every week just to be sure.