I haven't been around for a month or more...
Severe and abject depression...NOT! Snort! Just living with my own stupidity...and that isn't very easy.
I forgot that most editors are working a "real" job, and can only get to your books when they have the time. So after subbing and getting a contract, I now find that my edits will not even begin for another month or so. Sigh.
I adore my editor. Please don't get me wrong. But I have been dormant for so long, I can't wait several months for a book to take shape. It's my own damn fault...I know that. So now I either live with it...or...take the leap.
I am about to take the dive into self-publishing a couple of my books, just to get them out there. And even though several friends have done just that, I find that leap terrifying.
I have several novellas that could be put into publication quickly. I can make myself self-edit as ruthlessly as my past editors. I can make myself toe the line. But stepping out into the great unknown is rough. :P
I have been getting a lot of fan mail asking when my next book is coming out. I know for a fact that authors LOSE readers when they have so few books coming out. You have to stay on that roll. If you do like I did, and let things get you down, and stop fighting, you can easily lose all the ground you've gained.
I think that I will be asking around and checking out possibilities. Any ideas?