Short story, I thought I would be published by now.
Covid happened, and since then I've spent a lot of time at home thinking about my novel. I thought it was ready, but there were parts of it that just didn't feel right. I got my wife to read over it, and she agreed. She's now gone through and penned a lot of notes for me to consider. I went over them and she reaffirmed my position on it all.
So, I've done some substantial edits to the book. And now its happening, onto the last 30 pages of the book. And it's gone from something I was proud of, to something I am genuinely amazed by.
Will other people be amazed? Who knows. Only one way to find out.