Anyway, we'll get it figured out. The main thing being that I'd like to take the main premise of the series and make a stand-alone graphic novel of it someday (different characters and situations, though, and good gracious, FAR better writing, I like to believe), but there's a major plot point in book three that if I don't get a fourth book, I'd like to take out and use for my stand-alone. So we'll see where it goes.
All in all, I'm not very happy with the way Tokyopop has been running their business for a while now (not just with me, but as a whole), and I've been feeling for a while now that my own ethics line up with theirs less and less every day. So I'm not upset with this turn of events. In fact, I rather expected it, and perhaps, to a certain extent, even hoped for it so that I wouldn't be the one to push the last hand. And honestly, for the past three years, I've basically been paid to learn how to make comics when I had no previous experience. Who can complain about that? But like the college student who graduates and moves on to a true career, so too, have a felt that there's something more waiting for me out there. That my trial period is now over and that I'm ready to put out the stories that mean most to me.
So we'll see what happens. In the meantime, I get to return to my children's novels and work on getting a publisher for them and polished and worthy of being read by small chidluns the world over. ;)