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?

27 thoughts on “Positive Thinking Wins Again!

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Gillian–You can#39;t deny talent and Leah has it in buckets.

  2. Gillian Layne says:

    We have been there, Mia. These are quot;interestingquot; times, indeed. I#39;m so glad and not at all surprised to hear Leah found a new home so quickly.

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Linda, Lots of times people are let go and it#39;s through no fault of their own. Usually, the problem is much higher up where business decisions are made and then don#39;t pan out. But unfortunately, the ones who are let go are further down the line. Crossing my fingers for you.

  4. MiaMarlowe says:

    Thanks for the good vibes, Nynke.

  5. MiaMarlowe says:

    Lena–Thanks for your well wishes. We#39;re hoping for the best, but we have some plans if things go the other way. As long as we have each other, we#39;ll be ok.

  6. MiaMarlowe says:

    Abigail–Romance is a small world. Once you start entering contests or attending conferences, you start seeing the same people. Editors frequently change publishing houses, sometimes quot;orphaningquot; their authors at the old house, sometimes inviting them to submit to them at the new. It#39;s always good to maintain good relationships because you know you#39;re going to be seeing each other again.

  7. MiaMarlowe says:

    Hey Ash! (She#39;s my critique partner!) For a look at a great Sourcebooks cover, readers should check out a href=”http://www.ashlynchase.com/” rel=”nofollow”Ashlyn#39;s website/a.

  8. MiaMarlowe says:

    Renee–Leah is wonderful to work with, insightful and witty. I#39;d write for her again anytime.

  9. Linda Banche says:

    Unfortunately, lots of good people get laid off. It has nothing to do with them, but, again unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to being laid off. The unspoken comment is quot;that person wasn#39;t good enough to keepquot;. Well, we know better. I#39;m glad Leah got a job, I hope your husband keeps his, and I hope I keep my job, although the work isn#39;t coming in.br /br /Linda, who#39;s been laid off 3 times, and is facing time #4

  10. Nynke says:

    So glad Leah found another, similar job! You#39;re always so positive about her, it sounded like it would be a real waste for her to have to do something else…br /And sending positive vibes across the ocean to your DH!

  11. lena-writes says:

    Yay for Leah! I#39;m glad to hear she#39;s found a new position. I#39;ve heard good things about Sourcebooks amp; wish her all the best in her new venture. Will be trotting over to visit her blog…br /br /Best wishes as well on your husband#39;s job, Mia/Emily. I know how stressful the waiting can be!

  12. Always Abigail says:

    I don#39;t know her but I am glad she rebounded with another job….I really like your positive message..

  13. Ashlyn Chase says:

    This is terrific!br /br /Welcome to Sourcebooks, Leah!br /br /Ash

  14. Renee Wildes says:

    Leah did a lot of judging back when I was doing the contest rounds w/Duality amp; Hedda#39;s Sword, and she always liked my writing. If I ever decide to move beyond my Guardians of Light series, she#39;s my first pick!

  15. MiaMarlowe says:

    Amanda–Sourcebooks is really doing a good job supporting their authors with strong bookstore relationships and advertising. I don#39;t think they#39;ve broken into Walmart yet, but I#39;ll bet it#39;s coming.

  16. MiaMarlowe says:

    Toni Sue–I advise you to check a href=”http://www.romanticreading.net” rel=”nofollow”Leah#39;s blog/a to make sure, but I don#39;t think Sourcebooks requires its authors to have agents. However, if you want a career, you should have an agent. The right agent is worth far more than their 15%.

  17. MiaMarlowe says:

    Dalton–Leah is terrific to work with. I#39;ve been blessed to know her.

  18. MiaMarlowe says:

    Sandy–The DH is cool with a new name, though when we married, he thought I was taking his! At least he only has to be Mr. Marlowe if he goes to RT.

  19. MiaMarlowe says:

    Shannon–Thanks for the positive thoughts for the DH. He#39;s feeling confident, but you never know what a corporation will decide. If they go strictly by past reviews, he should have no problem. His boss has all but named him a rock star.

  20. Amanda McIntyre says:

    This is absolutely wonderful news about Leah!And positive thoughts being sent up for your dh#39;s job situation as well.br /br /I#39;ve always admired the folks at Sourcebooks frankly, and now they added another reason to that admiration.br /br /Amanda McIntyre

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  22. tsueversteeg says:

    That is wonderful news about Leah! She is the whole reason I was subbing to Dorchester. You and Gemma Halliday have had nothing but wonderful things to say about her. So, do I need an agent to sub to her now??? ;)br /br /I#39;ll keep you and the Mr. in my prayers. br /br /Toni Sue

  23. Dalton Diaz says:

    I#39;ve had the pleasure of meeting Leah at a small, local conference, and she is a standout. Sourcebooks has found themselves a wonderful addition to their family.

  24. Sandy says:

    I met Leah once long ago, and she#39;s a lovely person. I#39;m happy for her. She#39;ll be an asset for Sourcebooks. br /br /Fingers crossed for Mr. Marlowe. How does he like his new name? lol

  25. Shannon McKelden says:

    I#39;m so happy for Leah! Even though I don#39;t know her personally, her reputation in the industry makes her feel like a friend. And, I agree that positive thinking is a much better lifestyle choice than negativity. Here#39;s hoping quot;Mr. Marlowequot; gets his own happy ending this week!

  26. MiaMarlowe says:

    Absolutely, Christie. It#39;s not hard to find someone who wants to drag you down. Seeking out the positive is sometimes tougher, but well worth it.

  27. Christie Craig says:

    I#39;m thrilled to hear about Leah. She#39;s deserves to land on her feet as do others at Dorchester.br /br /Staying positive can be hard, but it helps if you surround yourself with positive people and stay clear of the people who bring you down.br /br /CC

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