The family member's incapacitation is looking to be a long-term affair, but things are beginning to settle down to a slightly less disruptive level, and I hope to put in some more words into the stories I'm working on.
Still, I've managed to push all three Battlecorps stories to the 6,000 word mark, and push African Firestorm outline a few hundred words closer to the finish line. With the first OUTCAST Ops novel, Game of Drones, out and doing well, that mean I have to work harder at getting it finished and bounced back to Rick for his workover.
For those who still think the TPBs are the only way to go, I suggest you take a look at this: http://authorearnings.com/the-tenured-vs-debut-author-report/ It's a sobering look at the current state of the industry and how it's changing.
For those who missed it, there's a confrontation between Amazon and Hachette, resulting in both sides digging in and no books from Hachette being sold on Amazon. Here, JA Konrath takes apart the arguments that both Scott Turow and James Patterson make in support of Hachette. http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/05/turow-patterson-plateful-of-fail-with.html Warning, Mr. Konrath doesn't pull his punches and I'm fairly sure he'd wearing steel-toed boots.
All I can say is before signing anything from a publisher or agent, THINK. Then think about it some more. You may be better off publishing it yourself.....
And again, Game of Drones is out and here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/O-U-T-C-S-T-Ops-Game-Drones-ebook/dp/B00KH11U4M/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400686346&sr=1-2&keywords=game+of+drones