I got feedback last night from my agent and it was overwhelmingly positive. To be honest I was just happy getting notes. Writing has been a very solitary occupation for me up until now - something done while others sleep or are away at lunch. Conversations about character and setting happened in my head and no one else. So to have someone to actually discuss things with is incredible in itself and it was very encouraging to hear positive things back. The word 'magnificent' was actually used.
However there was one question in it that really summed up my new reality: "What kind of time-scale are you thinking for delivering a first draft?"
Up until now I only wrote at my own speed, finding time here and there. CRY HAVOC took two and a half years to write. SWITCH/BLADE took just under a year. However I'm no longer writing just for my pleasure and telling my agent to wait a year isn't really an option. So now's the time I have to be very disciplined about things. If I manage 1,000 words a day during the week and 2,000 words every Saturday and Sunday, I can get the first draft done by December. Its ambitious but I think doable. And that's what I'm aiming for.