Well... coming on the tail-end of all my recent travails...
The Longmarsh Press (a Devon-based publisher) has just agreed to publish my novel, 'In The Day' :D
They hope to bring it out within the next year (they have another title waiting in the wings ahead of it). It won't be a huge initial print run... and there's no big advance to tide me over, as it's only a small company (so it'll be royalties on sales, as and when). Equally, though, there won't be any agents fees to pay, and no onerous 4 book contracts or anything like that!
But none of that matters. It's being published, it'll be on the shelves... and I'll be able to hold it in my hand and say 'I did that... with a lot of encouragement from the good folk on ABC'.
I can't thank you all enough.