I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate my local writing scene. I sent an inquiry to a local book shop for a book launch and got a response which seemed more or less like your standard rejection letter like you'd get from a magazine or a publisher. It was polite, encouraging, and supportive, so I can't really ask for more, really. I'm back at square one, but at least they're still stocking my books, and last week people remembered me as "that samurai poem guy" at a small poetry gig. I'll keep chipping away at it. And in the mean time, I'll keep chipping away at my next couple of books.