Positive Thinking Wins Again!
In this tough economy, no one seems to be ready to bail out the publishing industry. I was devastated when I heard, amid all the other shake-ups at Dorchester, that my editor there had lost her job. I was frankly more upset over that than the news that my future Leisure books would be released as ebooks only followed by trade paperback six months later. Leah Hultenschmidt is a very sharp editor, savvy marketer and a genuinely delightful person. I hated to hear she’d been let go.
Earlier this week, I was contacted by Anne Marble, an All About Romance blogger, wanting some quotes about what’s happening at Dorchester. If you go over there, you’ll see me as Emily Bryan, my other pen name.
Giving quotes about tough times is a sticky wicket. Because I believe anytime you say something bad, it’s like a prayer to the devil, I tried to be positive. When I sent her back my thoughts, she thanked me. “Woe is me” is easy to find. An upbeat take on the moment requires a bit more creativity.
Fortunately, I was right to be upbeat about Leah. The industry recognizes quality. She’s been hired by Sourcebooks and will be acquiring romance and YA (aspiring writers take note!) You can read more about her new job on her blog–a site I’d recommend to authors and readers. She always has something interesting to share.
So now, I’m trying to be positive about another possibility. My DH’s company is being acquired by a large corporation. Later this week, he’ll find out if he’ll be invited to remain with the newly merged entity, or if he’ll join the swelling ranks of the unemployed. For now, we’re remaining positive.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have you ever had a situation that required creativity to be positive? What helped you through it?