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Congratulations, happy! Sounds like it was a fab evening.
As an extra side note/question, the book in question is sci-fantasy and is 30k words long. Is that too short for a novel? I've seen that some publishers have a 100k minimum for science fiction / fantasy.
That's easy. Sci fi is the hardest genre to write and get right. We tried it on the MA I did. . . That's why.