Thank you all for replies. My etchings are very small and detailed and I don't own a laser printer. So, that method is not really for me. And as I already have all the photo-based etchign chemicals, I don't think I'll invest more funds in a new way of etching.
The darkroom part is not all that bad as the photoresist is not all that sensitive to indoor lights. But the process as a whole is a bit painful. And since I also do relief (2-sided etching), that complicates things a bit.
I used to send my drawings to a printing service which would print them out for me on a photo typesetter. That produces a 3600dpi black on clear photomask.
I have recently been successful in directly printing my photomasks using my Alps printer. I use laser transparency and I run 2 passes of black ink (one relabeled as magenta to overlap any seams in the bands). I get pretty good results on most of my masks. They are quite fragile (as the wax ink can be easily damaged) but it works and in most cases as I only have to make one set of etchings. And I no longer have to wait for the printouts.
Ideally I would love to just send my drawings to some outfit and few weeks later receive the reasonably priced etched parts.