I've spent the last few days running a fever and coughing my eyes out, so I haven't had much of a chance to post anything. Now that the cough has leveled out a bit and I'm no longer feeling like there's a layer of sweat between me and everything I touch, I can post some news:
First: I'm at AnimeNext this coming weekend! Look for me there in Artist's Alley under the Genji Press banner.
Second: The next book from the GP imprint, The Underground Sun, is finally nearing the completion of its first draft. It has been a long and painful road to get there, and the book will need major editing before it can be released. And once it's done, it'll represent a certain personal milestone, which may have major significance for the future direction of other work.
In short: this may be the last book I publish under my own imprint.
I've been doing the self-pub thing for a few years now, and the amount of work required to get even the most minimal amount of attention paid to anything is exhausting. I enjoy it, but at the same time I have come to the conclusion I'm shortchanging myself entirely too much. After Sun is finished and released, it'll be time to take whatever comes next and market it a little more conventionally.
It hasn't been a total waste, and I don't mean to imply that it was. I've learned a few things about how to package and market my own work, and I think that's the single biggest lesson learned — and the most valuable, since having those skills is critically useful to any writer trying to draw attention to their work. I just now have to learn how to do that for the sake of an agent or editor, instead of just fans or random folks passing in front of my sales table.
Next, I have some shorter fiction that I've dived into and started working on for the sake of a couple of markets that were passed my way. I've avoided doing shorter fiction for a while now, if only for a fairly spurious reason (marketability). But negative feedback is better than none, and it's about time I took the lessons I learned in the past few years and aimed them in another direction.
The way I put all this, in a conversation with a friend of mine, could be summed up in four words: Do the next thing. It's time to play that much further over my head, and see what happens.