Sometimes my friends and writing colleagues will encourage me to slow down with the word count and the amount of stories , novellas, and novels I put out these days. But now that I've firmly established my own publishing imprint, I've never felt more creatively free in my life. I can publish what I want, how I want, when I want. I get paid once per month, and the income is only growing with each title published. But I always keep this in mind: the writing has got to be top notch.