To assure you that I am not dead.
I am still working hard on the self-publishing thing. I have chosen a POD (print-on-demand) company and started an account with them. I have decided on the type of ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and distribution package I want, as well as the paper types and trim size of the physical book (there will be an ebook, too, since self-published ebooks tend to outsell hardcopies). I have started to investigate cover art and I have verified how to pay my state and federal taxes when I become, essentially, a self-employed small business owner (like Matt).
As exciting as all that is (and I’m in a friggin’ tizzy over it!) the book is going nowhere until the revisions are finished. Last week I completed the first major revision, which altered the manner in which I had formatted dialogue, removed a silly running-gag sort of a device that supported my original (silly) title, and toned down some of the racier bits. Now I see that I need to go over it again and cut or redistribute a buttload of exposition. (I hate gobs of exposition.) My revisions are still pretty heavy at this point – I’m still working with a cleaver rather than a scalpel – but it’s coming along nicely. I haven’t written the great American novel, but it’s a nice book – I like to read it and I hope other people will, too.
Then I need to decide whether or not I need a professional editor. (Ugh) Ideally, yes, but since editors are a costly venture and this is pretty experimental I may pass. We’ll see. All the initial fees (most of which I hope to bypass by doing my own cover art, interior design, and marketing) are coming out of my eBay sales to keep this on a hobby level. Let’s hope those My Little Ponies sell, because when the book finally comes out I want to throw a pizza/beer/bonfire party!