Posted on SCBWI's website is Dial's new policy of no response unless contacted by the four month mark. That means no FORMS! Hooray! When Houghton Mifflin submitted a similar policy, I was about the only one who stood up and applauded. If this trend starts, we will no longer be worrying over a response at the 12th month mark! I've been waiting on Bloomsbury for well over 12 months. Yes, they have told me they are considering, but nothing more. It only takes a few weeks for an agent to get a response.
So, hooray for you, Dial! May more publishers go the route of no response. It will save on SASE's, time, and my nerves.
*Pam cracks her knuckles* Just went through a round of contract negotiations for my new book. I think it went well! Thank you, Lord! (My agent. Tee hee!)