I'm back!!! Literally. I was in Connecticut for a while. I'm back from my hiatus too. And hopefully taking on some new adventures.
The MFA residency was great. I learned a lot about the business side of things including things like work for hire, which I'm checking into. And the writers I met there have a whole different mentality than most of the writers I know from everything else I do. Some of them are working on professional writing or creative nonfiction (memoirs, and historical storylines) and lots of them are working on fiction or poetry. But where as in the blogosphere I feel like a hack if I haven't hit 2000 in a day, many of these writers spend years working on one book. And lots of them are more concerned with the process than selling it. It was interesting to see a new perspective.
I also realized that I need to put my focus on getting a PM "very nice" or "good deal" and try to start moving away from digital deals and self-publishing. I still don't think there is anything wrong with self-publishing if you are professional about it (use an editor). But because I want to work in academia I need some strong publication credits. And as for moving away from digital presses, I'd pretty much already decided that. It puts the risk on the writer. You'd usually be better off self publishing.
I'm anticipating some changes this year, and I hope things work out.