I just finished the final copyedit of my first novel. It's been a long time in the making. I got the idea for it in November 2006. So much has changed since then; it's hard to believe. But it's done, and of course I'm going to self-publish it. I think that's the best way to go these days for a new writer who has no audience--maybe the only way. I'm going to call my publishing company Black Spirit Publishing (I have a black lab named Spirit. It's the dog in my avatar. And all my books are gothic stories, so it seems to fit.). I'm very experienced at formatting and publishing for Kindle and e-books in general. In my opinion, I do it better than the big houses do. So, at least I have that going for me. But this one is only the first of many. I intend to be very prolific, and in fact I've already started my second novel (9,000 words in so far). So, onward and upward. I'll give it twenty years, I figure. And I'm thankful already because win or lose, succeed or fail, at least I got my shot. I'd hate to die thinking I never got my shot. You know?