Gossip Makes the World Go Round

While I was working on my current WIP this afternoon, the phone rang. It was Leah Hultenschmidt, my editor from Dorchester. The first words out of her mouth were “I guess you haven’t been online today.”

I guess I hadn’t.

Rumors were flying that Dorchester was closing it’s doors. Dorchester was going to offer ebooks only. PW had published a piece stating that Dorchester was changing to a Samhain-style business model.

I was glad I’d been head down writing instead of working myself up over the bits and pieces of info flitting around the web.

Yes, there are going to be changes at Dorchester. They are going to a Trade paper format plus ebooks starting in September. While they make this change-over, there will be some lagtime. Titles will come out as ebooks first, then in tradepaper 6 months later.

It’ll mean some disruption in the schedule. The two Leisure Books I’d expected to be released next summer will be pushed till later.

Am I disappointed? Yes. But in this business climate, I understand why Dorchester has to adjust its business model. I’m glad they’re taking steps to insure the unique Leisure and Lovespell lines will continue. And I appreciate my editor taking the time to let me know. The people of Dorchester have been wonderful to me from my debut to this difficult bump in the road. Dorchester has launched so many wonderful careers–Christine Feehan, Victoria Alexander, Marjorie Liu, CL Wilson, Katie MacAlister, the list goes on–I hope it continues to seek out and present the best in new romance fiction.

And the ebook market is set to explode. When a non-tech person like myself gets a phone with a Kindle on it, you know there’s a sea change in reading culture coming.

When I know more about when and how my upcoming Leisure Book titles are going to be released, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, my Kensington titles–Touch of a Thief and Improper Gentlemen–will still be out in May 2011 and July 2011 respectively. I’m a lucky girl and I know it.

Have you ever had an unexpected bump in your career? What did you do to push through it?

12 thoughts on “Gossip Makes the World Go Round

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Pat–I#39;m sorry for your situation. In 2003, my DH went through 6 months between positions and at the time I told him this was his opportunity to learn that he was not his job. But I understand what you#39;re saying about how much of our self-image is tied up with what we do for a living. br /br /I used to be a professional singer. Whether I do it for pay or not now, I#39;ll always be a musician. You will always be a librarian, Pat. It#39;s part of who you are. Just not all of it.

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Edie–If I can change something, I get worked up about it. This is totally out of my hands, so all I can do is roll with it. Dorchester means a lot to me since they gave me my start and I so want to see them succeed. br /br /Besides, I#39;m in the very happy position of also writing for Kensington. If I could give other writers any advice, it would be to do whatever you can to branch into multiple publishing outlets.

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Sandy–You and me both! ;-)

  4. librarypat says:

    I am currently dealing with my Bump. I lost my job as a children#39;s librarian several months ago. It was rather unexpected and I had really planned to be there another 2 or 3 years at least. I am still sort of spinning my wheels. I never realized how much of your self-image and identity can be tied up in a job. Since we are close to retirement, I don#39;t want to start over someplace else. I am getting there, but it is slow.

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    You have a great attitude. I#39;m glad you#39;re taking it so well. I think there will be more publishers going the same route in the future.

  6. Sandy says:

    Thanks for this post, Mia/Emily/Diana. Hey, did I tell you I#39;m getting whiplash with all the names. lol

  7. MiaMarlowe says:

    Saranna–I#39;d never have had the presence of mind to drop to the floor. Brilliant. br /br /Whatever you do, keep writing, my friend.

  8. Saranna DeWylde says:

    When I was a corrections officer, pushing through was a bit easier. I had an inmate make accusations of impropriety to which I had to respond. This can be a bump, especially for women because male officers aren#39;t inclined to trust a woman in that setting anyway. Appearances rather than fact in this situation is what matters. So, I pointed out how misspelled his complaint was to the powers that be and how I would never be involved with a man who couldn#39;t spell. To which we all laughed and went about our business, the matter dismissed. Then, the inmate seeing he wasn#39;t getting anywhere trying to get me fired, grabbed me through the bars. To which I promptly dropped to the floor and almost pulled his arm off. :) That was an easy bump compare to this one. br /br /I#39;m still not sure what I#39;m going to do. This is my dream job. Corrections was something to get by.

  9. MiaMarlowe says:

    And what a lovely bump that would be, Barb. Here#39;s hoping you get the call soon. Your prose is so compelling, you certainly should!

  10. Barb H says:

    Mia,br /Thanks for setting us straight on what#39;s up at Dorchester. Potential change at D has been a source of #39;wondering#39; especially in these days after Nationals.br /br /The good news is, the publisher will remain in existence. Its new business model undoubtedly will bring over many of us previously e-cautious people. br /br /I#39;m so glad to hear your next two will be out next year, although I hate to wait for them.br /br /As for bumps in my career–well, as I#39;m not pubbed yet, that could be the bump :) br /br /Barb

  11. MiaMarlowe says:

    I#39;m beginning to think change is the only constant in publishing, but it#39;s really not surprising given the state of the economy as a whole. br /br /Kudos to Siren for giving the authors caught in the middle a choice.

  12. Ashlyn Chase says:

    HI Mia,br /br /An unexpected bump in my career? Well, sort of. I was with Triskelion right before their implosion.br /Fortunately, I saw the writing on the wall and got out before my rights were held hostage during an excruciating court battle. Some of my friends hired a lawyer and their cases took even longer than those who didn#39;t! Finally Siren bought out Trisk, and all the authors were given the option of taking their rights back or leaving them with Siren Publishing. That was a classy move on Siren#39;s part.

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