Shannon Stacey

The elephant in the room: Losing an editor

As I’ve gotten a few emails and had a few conversations about Angie leaving Samhain Publishing to move to Quartet Press, I may as well address the issue here. I haven’t said much publicly and I don’t intend to. Trust me when I tell you suffering a devastating professional loss while being truly happy for a friend embarking on a new and exciting venture is an emotional basket of cracked eggs I don’t intend to splatter all over the internet.

To paraphrase and condense incoming questions:

OMG, are you like totally freaking out? What’s going to happen? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

I’m going to write books.

There are so many things in this business you can’t control. You can’t control your editor moving to a new house. You can’t control management decisions or the guy on your last cover looking like the bookstore rep’s rat bastard ex-husband. You can’t control August being beach month in NY or your slush pile submission being used to sop up the mess of an overenthusiastic coffeemaker.

You can control your work.

Your relationship with your writing is the only true thing. Change will come, some good and some not so good, but the words are always there. And when the business of being an author is especially hard, the art of writing will bolster you, strengthening your confidence and renewing your conviction until you’re steady enough to achieve that balance once again.

Channeling your energy into that which you can’t control will deplete you, but words are the writer’s Gatorade.

So what am I going to do? I’m going to write. What happens next? Who knows? Right now I have my work and that’s enough for today.

5 comments to “The elephant in the room: Losing an editor”

  1. Charlene
      · August 20th, 2009 at 11:24 am · Link

    Also, you make sure your newly assigned editor has your submissions. :coffee:

  2. Angela James
      · August 20th, 2009 at 11:51 am · Link

    Of course that’s what you do. It’s your job to write :P

    And I forwarded all submissions on. No one was going to get left in the lurch just because I’m leaving. That wouldn’t be fair!

  3. Shannon
      · August 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm · Link

    There seem to be a lot of writers who’ve forgotten that recently.

    And, hey, a silver lining! I didn’t have any submissions to lose track of. :lol:

  4. Bev Stephans
      · August 20th, 2009 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Well said, Shan!

    Your writing shall sustain you through even the bleakest of times.

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · August 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm · Link

    Plus, for future work, you could always consider submitting to Quartet. :)

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