His next book, Briefs, Stories for the Palm of the Mind, will be available on Lulu on 14 March. He also plans to release several of his backlist on Lulu. As for why he has bandoned hsi traditional publisher, Publisher's Weekly is reporting:
Citing changes in the publishing business and a desire for more control over the publishing process, Wideman said, "I've been thinking about alternatives for a long time. I like the idea of being in charge. I have more control over what happens to my book. And I have more control over whom I reach." Wideman also noted his "distaste" for what he called mainstream publishing's "blockbuster syndrome"--the tendency for large trade publishing houses to focus their resources on books with bestseller potential.
Wideman said the emphasis on blockbuster bestsellers, "has gotten out of hand. Unless you become a blockbuster, your book disappears quickly. It becomes not only publish or perish, but sell or perish." The book is being published as part of Lulu VIP, a new customizable service aimed at luring established authors to the self-publishing service. Wideman is also making several of his backlist titles available for sale through Lulu.com.