Why are the stories such different lengths?
Among the Living was originally written as a standalone story for a line of novellas that had a maximum word count of 35,000 words. As story organically followed story and I began publishing the PsyCop books myself with no restrictions, the story length grew longer, thus the difference in length between the early stories and later stories.
Why are they self-published?
I have published with several publishers but enjoy the creative freedom I can only get from self-publishing. I'm a graphic designer by training, and prefer to have my cover art and typography the way I want them. I also like having the final say on editorial decisions.
So self-published means unedited, right?
No way. I wouldn't dream of putting out an unedited story. I have a talented editor and a couple of proofreaders on my team. The occasional small typo does slip through, as with stories by big publishers with big staffs, but we're all dedicated to giving you big-publisher-quality ebooks and paperbacks from a small, indie staff.