Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Now I know.

Remember when I said something bad was happening and I couldn't put my finger on it?

Turned out I was right. My editor quit over Christmas, due to ill-health. I only found out today.

I'm shocked and sad. And a little upset. I'd chosen loyalty to her over the other publishing house... But... thinking back, she did warn me to base my decision on something else. Maybe she suspected she wouldn't be able to see the project through.

I'm a bit scared too, since I now have to work with a new editor. I don't even know who it'll be. I also don't know when the new editor will be assigned to my project.

So all in all, it's bad news for me (even if I understand my current editor's motivations), but it's not as bad as I thought it could be.

I just wish I knew sooner.

At least I know now.

30 comments:

shelly said...

Breathe. It will all work out.

Suzanne Furness said...

Stay positive, I'm sure you'll be able to work through things with a little bit of time. Best of luck.

olgagodim said...

This is a sad situation, but you'll get through. Someone wise said once: "This too will pass." He was right: it will. And 5 years from now, you'll laugh about it.

Julia Hones said...

Misha, sometimes good things happen as a result of bad things.
Life can surprise us.
Good luck with your next steps.

Leanne Dyck said...

I can understand how upsetting this could be for you, Misha. Especially when it sounds like you've been working effectively with an editor. Having someone you don't know editor your words can be tense. Sending you positive thoughts.

Maria Zannini said...

Sometimes things turn out for the best. I lost two editors over the years and was rewarded with even bigger and more sought-after editors. Life never stands still.

klahanie said...

Hi Misha,

It's a shame that your editor had to stop due to ill health. Now, despite this, you will find the positive out of what can seem a negative.

Gary :)

Karen Walker said...

Misha, sorry, that must be so disconcerting. But maybe there's a blessing that just isn't visible yet.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry, Misha. I hope your new editor is just as good. Maybe she'll be even better.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Writing careers often have difficult twists and turns. I've known several authors whose careers have prospered despite and even because of getting new editors. I strongly suspect you'll see it through and bring along positive results.

S.K. Anthony said...

Fingers crossed that your new editor is great, that you feel is right for your work, and that you get along with. It will work out, as things always do. Hope your old editor's health gets better. Hugs to you, I understand the disappointment and frustration.

Donna Hosie said...

Fingers crossed for you.

Emma Adams said...

Publishing throws these curveballs at us sometimes, but all we can do is carry on and make the most of the situation. I really hope it all works out!

Katie Cross said...

Gah! That sounds so frustrating! It's hard to lose an editor you've worked with and trust. Hopefully it all works out for the best!

Rena said...

That's really terrible. I'm hopeful that everything will work out. Every experience makes us better writers, and I'm sure this one will too.

S.P. Bowers said...

Sorry to hear about your editor. It's tough, but your new editor could be great too. This doesn't have to be a bad thing. I hope it's not.

Brandon Ax said...

Sorry to hear this. Just look at it as the next step in your journey, not a setback.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

Sometimes change *can* be better, so let's hope so... thinking positive, right :)

PS... I have your pages still... nearly done... sorry I've been a slacker :(

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Wish you all the best. At least you know and can make changes.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Sorry to hear about your editor. Hopefully your new editor will be fab :)
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
x

Trisha F said...

Sorry to hear this - but here's hoping you'll get a great new editor out of it!

sjp said...

Damn :( shame your foreboding came true

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

My editor was changed halfway through the edits on my first book, and it turned out to be a great thing, because I've built a fantastic relationship with the editor who took over, to the point where writing a book no longer feels like something I do alone, but something I do in collaboration with her.

Things can often work out better, despite initial upset.

Patsy said...

I hope you get on well with the new editor.

Julie Flanders said...

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this will all work out well for you in the end.

SA Larsenッ said...

Sometimes those closures produce brighter openings. Hang in there!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Sorry to hear this. Hopefully the editor will be wonderful. :) Good luck!

Robin said...

I agree with Karen. Did you read her most recent blog on Acceptance? If not, this might be a good time to pop over there and give it a read.

It will all be okay. In the end, it really will.

Donna Smith said...

This may just be the best thing that has ever happened! I hope your former editor recovers, and that your next one will be a blessing!

Shell Flower said...

Change is always scary, but you usually learn something in the process. Hopefully the new editor will be even better and bring a fresh eye to your work. It could definitely be a good thing.