I’m an idiot.
It took a long time to come to this conclusion, but I got there in the end. In between uploading the next Ian’s Gang ebook to Amazon – “That Child of Mine”, check it out folks! – and formatting the next one, “Mousetrap”, it occurred to me that it was possibly NOT the brightest idea in the universe to effectively (with the exception of a few other very short stories and another series which was just for fun and unpublishable anyway) restrict myself to just writing the Ian’s Gang series for so long. Continuing to write the series endlessly when I couldn’t get the first lot published was kind of restricting my chances, wasn’t it!?
So, while I’m certainly not abandoning the series – I love it too much for that – I’m holding off writing any new installments for a while (at least until all the existing ones are published on Kindle, which will take me some time as it is) and concentrating on writing other stuff for publication. Indeed, I’ve been looking around at markets asking for specific subjects and story lengths to do just that, and have already managed to write a 10,000+ word novella and have nearly finished a 4000+ word novelette/short story too.
Of course, I probably have should done this about ten years ago, but then again I’ve always been a bit slow…