So I've decided to go for it. After taking some advice from a lawyer friend and going with my gut feeling, I am going to get my novel published with the e-publisher. It's not the traditional method I was looking for, but I think it will be all right. I never expected to make a lot of money at this writing thing, but maybe this will give me the exposure that I need. That first step in the right direction. Besides, it is my first novel; it's a rarity that those make it big. At least the end is in sight for this project. After working on it off-and-on for over a decade, it will be nice to lay it to rest. I think I will finally be able to have some closure and move on to other things.
I have also decided to get off my lazy horse and start working on some things again. Just a few short stories for now, but eventually I'd like to get to work on my next novel. That probably won't happen until next year, though, since we're so close to the end of this one. Hopefully, next year will be just as fruitful as the end of this one has been!