December 3rd, 2008


Am I fiddling as Rome is burning?

The news abounds today --

-- Random House has announced a re-organization that is setting everyone to rampant discussion. Longtime publishing veterans Irwyn Applebaum and Steve Rubin will be stepping down.

-- On top of their freeze on acquiring from last week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has now announced layoffs. That's after Rebecca Saletan resigned yesterday.

-- Simon & Schuster and Thomas Nelson are also reducing staff -- 35 positions and about 10% of the workforce, respectively. Who is next, one wonders?

On a personal note, it's so very hard seeing friends get "right sized." In fact, I'm getting right sick of it. These are wonderful and talented people with great taste, and I think the reading public will be the poorer for it. And one wonders about the shrinking number of imprints and how that will change competition for publication spots.

But what's a girl to do? Chin up and back into the fray. Keep reading those queries and partials and manuscripts; keep sending out projects. To all you out there, don't stop writing. If you don't try, you don't have a chance of succeeding. There are silver linings to be found. I had an author "orphaned" this week (before the book is even published) -- but, no fear, it's still going forward. And, I've also got a deal on the table for a new book, and I'm staying my course..... What's your silver lining?