St. Martin’s Press editor Ruth Cavin has stepped into the next world at the age of 92. My condolences to her family, friends, and authors. I especially feel for her daughter (Nora) who often accompanied her to meetings, because she’ll be going through what my cousin Pat is now going through after the loss of my aunt Jean. It’s very tough for those of us left behind. Remember (as my husband’s grandmother’s preacher said at her memorial service) that they do not suffer the pain of this long separation as we do, for they have stepped into Eternity and a better world–where we will join them all too soon (because we are still so in love with and attached to this beautiful world).
I had no contact with her, but to those of you who had her for an editor, here’s a hug. It’s tough to change editors that way.
I can’t help but wonder what will happen to the St. Martin’s contests now, because she served as head judge. Probably they will continue, at least for a while, under the direction of other editors.
The old guard is almost gone. Are the new gatekeepers doing the same great job? Can the conglomerates hang on to their stranglehold with the proliferation of e-books from the Great Unwashed that are now flooding the market? We’ll see what happens.
Still, it’s proper for us to take a moment to mourn the passing of the Good Old Days. Many great and lasting works came out of the heyday of publishing.