Well, all the research I need to do on North American publishers is now complete (for now) and there were a couple more publishing houses struck off the list, leaving me with 27 possibilities, some more likely than others.
They were ordered in terms of personal preference. It took quite a while to research the companies and decide which I liked better than others and, in effect, rank them.
As I was reviewing the list, it occurred to me that there are very few North American publishing houses that I have any particular preference for, aside from Tor and they already have my proposal. That might be me being snobbish! Ranking them, for this reason, was incredibly difficult.
Perhaps I'll have more luck when I purchase the Writers and Artists version from the U.K. Perhaps not.
We shall see.