As a debut novelist who works in the book business, I had two hopes for this book: earn out my advance in the first year (kind of arbitrary, but a generally accepted hallmark of good-enough sales), and get nominated for something. Neither of these things were very much within my control, of course--you write the best book you can, and you promote it as well as you know how, but there's a huge amount of randomness in the market. I'm lucky to have had a successful tour, some friends in my corner, and some good reviews! It's pretty great to have checked both boxes!
Other cool things happening right now: The Sum of Us is officially out! This anthology focuses on caregivers in a speculative fiction context, with a portion of profits going to the Canadian Mental Health Association. It includes my story "Number One Draft Pick" (why YES, it IS about hockey, funny you should ask).