Well, let’s get rid of one assumption: I’m pursuing every single venue and idea that I can think of, including indies, other chains, libraries, sending another manuscript to editors and agents. That said, thanks again James for the usual aimed-at-a-third-grader response. And I apologize to the publishing world in large for not yet being a celebrity, which seems to be your main point.
And yes, indeed, bookselling is a business, but a business that happens to be in the marketplace of ideas and art. There used to be this tiny shred of the bookselling business that was open to ideas and good writing. I just wish good writing had anything to do with anything anymore.
I continue on! Thanks for those of you who have offered me encouragement.