. . . 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.