Monday, February 23, 2009

she's sayin' it, not me.

Editorial Anonymous, my anonymous colleague, I quote thee here:

The Joy of Layoffs

Know how editors have too much work and too little time?

Well, if your editor is at a house that laid off some of her colleagues, that house might have canceled some projects.

But more likely, the house just gave the remaining editors even more titles to look after.

So if you're not hearing from your editor even more than usual, it's because she's paralyzed by workload panic and hiding under her desk.



JES said...

Good reminder.

We used to have a rule of thumb when I was teaching: in any other job, when you did a good job you got a promotion or a raise; when a teacher did a good job, they just got more work. I see something like that applies in publishing as well. :)

So glad to see you post something, anything. I'd convinced myself that an unreported sign of overwork (per your previous post) was forgetting your Blogger password.

Zoe said...

As someone who just (thank God!) survived a layoff and consequently had her workload more than double, I second EdAnon's sage advice.

Charles Gramlich said...

Scary when your workload is already close to maxed out.

Liz Kreger said...

Ouch! My sympathies to the editors who just inherited more work ... and to the one who got laid off.

Lisette Kristensen said...


While layoffs and the increasing workloads for the same money is disconcerting.

Do you see this as a paradigm shift in the publishing industry?

More e publishing coupled with an ever increasing self publishing industry.

Would love your insight.


Melanie Avila said...

I thought of you when I saw that post. I hope you're remembering to eat!

... Paige said...

It's ok to have these feelings, you are perfectly normal...

Guilt for getting to keep a job, resentment for the overload that came from the loss of someone else's job which has now brought more guilt cause you are resentful.

OMG it’s a catch 22

but don't worry it (all the work) will be there on top of the desk when you come out. {sigh}

writtenwyrdd said...

Nobody wins in this scenario except the bottom line.

I hope this trend isn't what has you buried under work!

Kate Lord Brown said...

Hang in there Moonie. Sense this may be the most challenging time in the history of publishing for my m/s to have gone out to publishers ... KBO

Kiersten said...

I'm right there with you, Kate. Dying, dying, dying, and trying to tell myself that they just haven't gotten to it yet because things are so busy.

Kim Kasch said...

Such a bunch of bad news lately. I'm hoping things will take a sharp turn for the better.

James Klousia said...

Perhaps you could just get a really nice pillow to keep under your desk.

Feeling for you. :(

Anonymous said...

Just what you need. You are already suffering work overload blackouts...but there is that old saw that if you want something done, give it to a busy person. Okay, then. The the bad, the good and it's definitely getting ugly out there. Stay cool, my friend, stay cool.

Bowleserised said...

Lisette, not sure if you think it's a good or bad thing. The problem with self publishing is the lack of folk in that system to do EdAss's skilled job – you know, editing.
Every book is improved by intelligent editing, and that costs money that the self published author often doesn't have or is unwilling to pay.