Did you consider directory submission is effective these days?
As far as your comments are concerned Hannah, majority of the marketers have turned their faces from directories after penguin. As far as my experience is concerned i have had a list of thousand of directories and during the last couple of months found that most of them are gone in the black hole. Majority of the directories have lost too much traffic and rankings. But i believe if you choose the most appropriate and quality directories it would not hurt your rankings and those directories are still live.After penguin blasts, marketers think directory submission is not affect anymore. But i don't believe it so. But i'm very careful while choosing directory submission.