The inevitable happens at Dorchester Publishing

. . . well, we saw this coming.

Editorial director Leah Hultenschmidt, who is scheduled for several writers’ conferences and as a final judge for the manuscript contests there over the next few months, is no longer with the company. Editor Don D’Auria (who oversaw two other lines) is also gone, all as a part of reduction in force.

Editor Chris Keeslar is still there. I guess my general “hex”* on the company spared him because he was nice to me when he did his rejection critique. *sheepish look*

* We were kidding about this. Somebody said I must’ve put a curse on them when they rejected LR, and I joked back, “Only a LITTLE one.” I actually have no supernatural powers of that nature, at least none that I exercise.

Wasn’t there a manuscript contest going on, and the winner was to be announced Sept. 1? I wonder what’ll happen with that. It’s sad to see this happen, but I suspect it’s the first of several more dropouts in the publishing race.

Barnes and Noble is up for sale, as well, and we know Borders is not doing well.

Perhaps part of the problem here, all across publishing, is that they are still concentrating on ten or twelve BIG BLOCKBUSTERS at a time rather than trying to serve the market. Sure, you can probably sell a stack of those blockbusters to the general public. But the hardcore reading public really wants something else. There’s no diversity and the midlist is not what it used to be. I can’t find the books I would really like to read, and I’ll bet others can’t, either. If publishers had stuck to the model of “we publish good books and nurture authors along,” perhaps they’d have been better prepared for such a downturn, as the hardcore readers would have something to buy.

But maybe I’m wrong.

Things change. Tomorrow will be different.

It always is.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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