When I first started writing this book (so, so long ago) I was determined to break into traditional publishing with one of the Big Six. But as I go on and look at what is happening in the publishing industry and, more importantly, how the mainstream publishing companies are reacting to it, I am becoming more convinced that self-publishing is the way to go... at least for me. I have been weighing the likelihood that my printed books will sell well enough in the few weeks I, as a first-time author, would have on the shelves. I have been looking at how e-books from the big six are very overpriced, and I have been reading at how dismal the royalties are. All those things considered, I decided that for better or worse, I would rather maintain control over my book. If it fails to sell even a few copies, I want it to be because I screwed up, not because an editor ignored my every wish. So while I am still only a little over half done, I have been writing a lot more lately, and I am fairly convinced I can have it done and ready to go by this time next year. The prospect made me so happy that I've been playing around with photoshop all day, and I developed something resembling my book cover. Of course I will have to hire someone who actually knows what they're doing for the final product, but I figure this can be my talisman in the interim.