11 years, one novel that was completed to my own satisfaction. Some good feedback, but had decided to put in a drawer after 30+ rejections and continue work on my second novel instead. Then recently, had an epiphany about setting out stakes which drastically improved first chapter of one in drawer (I hope).
For me, success so far has meant feeling the improvement in my writing, learning how to work with feedback and making friends along the way. I’d like it to look like a publishing deal, a loyal audience and sustainable career.