I have made the shortlist for the British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer for Threading the Labyrinth
the short list for Best Fantasy Novel for Threading the Labyrinth!
So my weird haunted garden book, the one that I couldn't get an agent for (one agent told me NOT to publish it, that it wasn't the right thing for my debut, while another who I met in person in a meeting about the book asked for a full and then ghosted me), the one that was just too not-clearly one genre or another for people, has made it to 3 shortlists overall. And my wonderful house, Unsung Stories, has made the shortlist for Best Indie Press.
This just proves that you never know what'll happen. Oh, and that 'newcomer' doesn't mean you MUST publish before you're 25 or 30 or, hell, even 45! So keep on writing!