First off, thanks for the help and responses to a question I posed yesterday. I am working on what will be my first book. Considering I am a noob at this, I think it has moved along very well, and I hope to wrap it up by the end of the year. I have some published works to my credit, but they were academic works placed in quarterly journals. I have never published any fiction. So my question is should I write some short stories to get my name out on the scene before I submit my novel for publishing? Or should I let the book fly when it's ready to leave the nest? I have no problems doing either one except that I don't want to feel like I am breaking the momentum that I have going right now with the novel. Any advice and insight is greatly appreciated.