Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Confession

The RM has just started a new job--he has been trying to switch careers, going from being an auto mechanic to an elementary school teacher--and teaching the 4th grade involves being out of the house by 6:45, which involves getting up at 5:30 (he's a primper). Getting up this early means morning jogging has fallen by the wayside. But today he dragged me out of bed at 5:20 so we could do the two-mile loop we used to.

Let me tell you, this running-in-the-dark proposal did not thrill me. But I'm glad I got my begrudging heinie in gear. (Yes, btw, I checked, and that's how heinie is spelled. Who knew?) For once, the busy streets in my part of town were almost completely empty, and on our home stretch we got to watch the sun rise over the Bronx.

While I was jogging quietly, I finally thought of what I wanted to say here. I've been procrastinating about posting, because it's hard to undertake a big decision. But I haven't really been fair to the friends who come here looking for me. Thanks to everyone who's sent notes asking if I was ok--I'm perfectly ok, in fact, the best ever. I've just been stalling, and I apologize for making people worry.

The short story, where this post is going, is that I have decided to stop posting here at EdAss. There are a variety of reasons--the biggest one is that I don't really have anything fresh to say anymore. I find increasingly people ask questions, and my answer is some variation on, "Well, let me refer you back to July 2007 [or whenever]..." Sure, the industry has changed, and I've sure as heck changed over the four years I've been blogging, but somehow most of the things I said I still agree with. Fancy that.

Another reason is time--sure, I've always been busy, but suddenly it seems like it's costing me a lot more energy to maintain an anonymous advice blog than it used to. I find that everything I want to write about lately is, well, personal, and not of relevance here. I don't want people's opinions of my personal life choices to affect the perceived quality of the publishing information I have here, you know? So it seems like maybe the best thing to do is make a clean break--leave the publishing stuff here, in hopes that it will someday aid others. (I'm already blogging at a completely unrelated and unlinked place, a place that will never be linked here, so if you're one of the folks who comes here less for publishing and more for insane gossip and are interested in knowing that address, shoot me an email.)

But before I close up shop, I do want to come clean about something. As you might know if you've been reading for a while, I started EdAss as an outlet for my frustrations with the publishing industry. I knew I would always read books and love reading books, but there was a lot not to love about the machine that produces books. In the beginning, my only desire was to air my grievances, but over time, as I joined a community of bloggers interested in publishing, it seemed like maybe I could be more proactive than just complainy--maybe my opinion could help other people. And so the content evolved.

What I got out of the blog, though, didn't change much. I came here to post when I was frustrated and had no where else to go, because when I came here there was a dynamic forum of people who were willing to trade opinions--something one unfortunately cannot count on in real life. There were some really rough times, but when I posted here, you guys made me feel like the time I put in was worthwhile.

The truth is, not all of the four years I've been blogging here have been easy. I'm a person who takes my job very seriously, and professional successes and failures become very, very personal for me--I like to think I'm the kind of editor an author would hope to work with for that reason--so when things weren't going well, I was pretty deeply affected. During the two years of ups and downs, I tried to leave my identity out of my content. "Characters" are composites, stories amalgamations, time lines very heavily fudged (I would frequently write a post but not have it post for weeks or even months to help keep fictional distance). I used fictional characters to help me obscure the more difficult things that happened. So I hope that not too much of this all came through. My intention was not to reveal my problems to readers; I didn't see how that would help me or them.

At one point, it became clear that my company was probably going to downsize me, and then I waited for months for the axe to drop. I don't want to put too fine a point on it, but along the way I saw some truths about how things work that I still wish I didn't have to know about. I eventually found myself out of work during the worst moment of economic crisis, when everyone was paring down editors, and I admit I fully expected I would not work in the industry again.

In the worst moments, when I wasn't sure if I was an editor anymore, I wondered if it was unethical for me to keep my blog. But friends assured me that my having been laid off wasn't a reflection of my understanding of the industry, and didn't make my advice less sound. So I kept the blog as I looked for work, temped, ghostwrote, freelanced, considered other industries, etc. You guys were a huge piece of my social life when I was trying to collect my thoughts and decide what my place in the industry was. I can't really exaggerate how much I appreciate the world we had here, or how much good it did me.

I learned a lot from that hardship, though. Most importantly, I learned what made this job worthwhile to me, and why I still wanted to try to work in this industry: the authors. I think other people probably say "the books" instead, but for me there will always be books, regardless. The difference is when you work in publishing, you can be a midwife to an artist, nurture a career, make a huge difference in a life. The chance to be the caring professional who makes a difference, who helps an artist create a piece of art, is huge. Because authors really, really care, and their books are precious to them. I love talking to authors, learning from them, spending time with them. It's like having an amazing collection of experts in every conceivable topic within arm's reach at all times. At the end of the day, despite it all, I wanted to go back to them. I still thought it mattered, and was worthwhile.

I'm sharing this story of my layoff now, after hiding it for so long, because at the end of the day it is a hopeful story. (Someone wanna count how many times I used the word "hope" in this? Talk about needing an editor!) I hope that its hopefulness might help some people who've read it. I feel like I can safely say I have had every possible reason for giving up already, but I haven't given up. I still want to be a part of this. Now maybe that makes me stupid. But it doesn't make me the first person to get stupid because they fell in love with an art.

In the end, I was lucky enough to find another job--and a much better job than any I'd ever had before. I am well out of the honeymoon period now, and yet I still love my company and current job to death. I'm not really sure what I did to deserve this kind of luck, but I will say that it was people I'd met blogging here (three of them in particular) who got my foot in the door. I know I can't ever thank them enough, but I hope I have at least thanked them enough that they know who they are. And I owe thanks to everyone else who has been part of this community, too. Even if they didn't help me quite as directly, they contributed to my confidence, my sense of commitment, and my desire to be the best I could. So thank YOU.

It is a sad net-net to arrive at, but the honest truth is that blogging has filled its function and run its course for me. It got me an awesome job. It offered me a place to vent when no one else would listen. But the thing is, I just don't need it anymore. I have no need to vent; now, if I have an opinion, I just go tell my boss, who is always interested.

So, selfishly, I am closing EdAss. I will leave it online, in hopes it will continue to help people looking for guidance on various things, but I won't be posting anything new. I'll keep my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and I hope the many people I've come to think of as friends will keep in touch. This blog and the people who've made it interesting have been a huge part of my life, a source of great pleasure and much education. I hope other people feel the same, and aren't too sad that I don't have anything else left to say. I sure am going to miss it.

Thank you. For everything.

163 comments:

Ello said...

Big kisses and hugs to the most wonderful and selfless editor I know. You always are an inspiration which is what I love about you!

David said...

Good luck, moonrat.

magolla said...

{{HUGS}} Good luck in your new career, Moonie!
. . . so where do I send my query letter? :-)

Rick Daley said...

Thanks for the excellent content you have provided on this blog. Your insights have helped me to learn more about the publishing industry, and I am glad you took the time to share them with us all.

I can empathize with you on the job front. I was a victim of similar circumstances in April, and spent time in free-fall mode through June. It's scary, and while I feel very fortunate to have a new job, I understand there are a great many people who are still on the hunt.

Anonymous said...

As someone who has been reading to blog for quite some time, but never posted a comment, let me simply say thank you and good luck.
--Jason T

Robin L said...

You've been a fabulous resource! Thank you! So glad to hear your new place is such a happy satisfying one.

Tiana Smith said...

Thank you for all you've done, and we wish you only the best! You gotta do what you gotta do, and we're all glad you've found something you love.

Julie Weathers said...

Oh, I am so sad to see you go, but I rejoice you have found something much better.

I've enjoyed the chats here and you.

Best of luck to you and yours for the future.

Hugs and cookies.

Miriam S. Forster said...

I'm a little sad, but I understand. Good luck! You will always be super-awesome in my book.

*sends Moonrat hugs and bacon*

Carolyn said...

I will miss your blog. Thanks for all the great reading and congrats on the new job.

Gina Black said...

Awwwww. What a fabulous post! (I always love a happy ending.)

What have you done to deserve your wonderful new job? I'm thinking it's the "what goes around comes around" effect. While the stated reason for your blog was to give you an opportunity to vent, it became ever-so-much more by being a friendly place to meet other writers and connect with a publishing insider. I can't imagine the number of writers you've helped. You deserve every success.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I first came to your blog when the Mischief was fighting cancer. You drew me in with your concern for others and your efforts to be helpful.

So, thank you, Moonie. While I have loved and appreciated your publishing insights, I've equally loved your stories about your family and the RM. (Mornings, ugh! But how great to become a teacher.)

When I can breathe again - day job is currently insane - I will ask for your new blog link.

My wife is out of work and has been for months. Prospects in her industry are basically nil. She's in school now - retraining. I'm glad you found something even better. You deserve it.

Laurel said...

That is crazy. I was just wondering about you yesterday and waffled on sending an email...because, you know, the whole you guys get a gazillion messages all the time thing.

I hate that you're closing up shop here but congratulations all the way around. Blogworld does start to feel like an obligation when the truth is it shouldn't be. Not if you don't get paid for it.

I am really going to miss the stories, though. Still not over the coffee-and-a-pep-talk with Robert. (Robert, right?)

Efflorescence said...

I feel so sad that, just as I have discovered you're beautifully informative blog, you're finishing your journey here!

I'm actually (creepily, sorry!) working my way through your blog from the beginning, and have already found so much wonderful, realistic insight into the industry that I'm aiming for. Your writing has provided so much good reading material, I haven't had time to read any books recently xD

Any way, I really just wanted to thank you in advance for all of your brilliant knowledge and humour, and wish you all the luck for the future!
I'm sorry to sound so strange as you have no idea who I am, but I would really really love to read about where you're going from here. Is there any chance you could send me your new blog link to my email address please?

(My email address being missbluesky@hotmail.co.uk)


Many many thanks, Good luck, and well done for four years of brilliant writing!

Natasha Fondren said...

Aw man, really? I'm so bummed! Well, hopefully we'll still see you around, somewhere!

*hugs* Good luck!

JEM said...

Beautiful. Anyone who has a love of art knows exactly what you're talking about here. I appreciate leaving the content up, I have definitely been strolling through the archives. Good luck, and don't worry about us!

peggy said...

Good luck in the new job and of course life. I too always loved all the different things you posted about. Take care, be well and may you have the bestest life in the world. You've been a help to so many.
God bless you Moonie
your strange friend
peg

Amanda said...

Good luck to you! :)

Heidi Willis said...

I rarely commented but often read, and am so sorry to see you go. I will miss you.

Still, I'm happy for your new job. Best wishes on a bright future!

Sierra Godfrey said...

Ah, Moonrat. Good luck to you, and thank you for a nice long explanatory post.

fairyhedgehog said...

I'm sorry you're shutting up shop here but I understand that everything has its right time.

I hope I'll still see you around the internets on Twitter.

All the best!

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you for everything. You deserve the awesome job and all other awesome that comes your way.

Teresa said...

I'm most sorry to see you go, Moonrat, but I want you to know how much you were a part of my re-entry into the world of writing and publishing. I rarely commented here, but often referred others to your insightful posts. I'm happy to see you're leaving the blog up for others.

Good luck to you, and I hope someday our paths will cross!

Ganz-1 said...

I wish you all the luck in your new career and Thank You again for all the insights.

The Amateur said...

As someone who is trying to get their MFA to become a writer AND editor, you're story here frightens and inspires me. I've always loved your blog- kept the tab open for quite some time, referring to it as need be. YOU are the editor I aspire to be. I don't ever want to be jaded by the business and think of self and business first. That's how I roll. I am a writer and I can empathize and you've given me hope that there are editors out there with the same values. I will sincerely miss your blog posts, though I haven't been here in quite some time, as writing, editing a small school journal, and school have consumed much of my spare time, but just knowing you were leaving was enough to bring me back. Good luck, moonrat. You have given me hope as an aspiring editor and writer.

The Amateur said...

As someone who is trying to get their MFA to become a writer AND editor, you're story here frightens and inspires me. I've always loved your blog- kept the tab open for quite some time, referring to it as need be. YOU are the editor I aspire to be. I don't ever want to be jaded by the business and think of self and business first. That's how I roll. I am a writer and I can empathize and you've given me hope that there are editors out there with the same values. I will sincerely miss your blog posts, though I haven't been here in quite some time, as writing, editing a small school journal, and school have consumed much of my spare time, but just knowing you were leaving was enough to bring me back. Good luck, moonrat. You have given me hope as an aspiring editor and writer.

Stephanie Blake said...

Good luck, Moonrat! Thanks for all of the sage advice, the laughs, the tips...you'll be missed!

Colorado Writer aka Stephanie Blake

Mary said...

Best to you, Moonrat. I came for the publishing stuff, stayed for the stories of Momrat, Dadrat, the Rally Monkey, and others. Your voice will be missed.

Kristan said...

Oh wow... This post exemplifies all the reasons EdAss will be so missed! I'm sorry to see it end, but I also completely understand. And most of all, I wish you all the best. You really have been a friend to authors -- those you've known and those you haven't; those at all stages of their career -- and for that I thank you. :)

Judy Gasperini said...

I've followed your blog for your stories, advice, book reviews, and sense of humor. Thank you and best wishes.
Judy

JES said...

Brava, Moonie. A class act.

Merry Monteleone said...

Moonie,

Thank you... and good luck... and cyber hugs and congratulations.

All good things. Damn, that sucks though, because I am going to miss you unbelievably.

Thanks for everything and I know you'll keep growing in the industry... you're one of the gems.

Crimey said...

Though I didn't always post, I read and I'm going to really miss your blog. As someone who also was 'downsized' I admire your persistence and positive outlook. Glad you found another position.

Tawna Fenske said...

Wow. I'm speechless. So sorry to see the end of an era, but I'm so very happy for your new-found job and perspective. Best of luck to you in all your new endeavors. I've learned so much from you along the way!

Tawna

Janice Gable Bashman said...

Thanks for a great run of a fantastic blog. I wish you the best.

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

Very, very teary now -- Moonrat, you gave so much of yourself and even in this last posting you're reminding us all why we read you. We all so desperately want to believe that with enough people like you, books and authors (and readers!) can keep thriving, regardless of changes in publishing, the economy, or the national IQ. Thanks for doing far more than your share. And best wishes to you in all your future endeavors.

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

First of all, congrats on the new job. I hope it's still in publishing.

I hope that when I'm part of that bigger picture, working with a big publisher and meeting the wonderful people who make books happen, that I will accidentlally meet you in person.

I hope you will whisper in my ear, "Hey. It's me. Moonie."

Kay Theodoratus said...

Looks like I'm not the only one who's going to miss your insights. *sigh*

Whatever, wish you all the best.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I don't know what to say to express how sad/excited/satisfied this post has made me feel.

Thank you a hundred times over. I've learned so much from you and have loved the glimpses you've given us into publishing and your own world (mice included).

Thank you for being such an advocate for authors. All the best. I hope our paths cross someday... (I'm thinking sushi with Agent Michelle... ;)

Anonymous said...

First Miss Snark, and now you. Truly, good things never last forever. But you did convince me to leave my agent--through one of your posts--and now I have a new and better one. I'm sure they know who you are. So maybe we haven't seen the last of each other.

Phoenix said...

When one door shuts, another opens. So glad you found your way through to the other side, Moonie.

Wishing you peace and happiness and more precious time to spend with your favorite authors, non-icognito.

Julianne Douglas said...

We'll definitely miss you, but I'm so happy things worked out! Best of luck to you in your new position. I'm sure you'll continue to make the publishing world a better place!

Timothy Power said...

Love you, Moonrat!

Keetha said...

Congratulations on the new job. Thanks for your time here. I've enjoyed being a part.

Good luck!

eimearryan said...

Will miss you, moonrat! Best of luck with everything.

Ulysses said...

Well, in the immortal words of my father: "Crap."

I've really enjoyed every aspect of this blog, and made it part of my daily reading... especially when I should have been doing something else. You've been informative and funny and tremendously entertaining and I wish you all the best.

May an all-you-can-eat sushi bar open next to the all-night chocolatier just around the corner from where you live.

onefinemess said...

Thank you and good luck!

Kerry said...

Good luck with everything. Thanks for great posts.

Anne R. Allen said...

Sniffle. We all hate change, don't we? But I'm so happy your changes have been good ones.

I've been wondering if there's a normal lifespan for a blog--maybe 3-4 years? Miss Snark lasted 3. It may be we run out of things to say at a certain point.

Thanks for all the wisdom and humor.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Moonrat! I've never commented before but I love your blog and will miss it tremendously. I work in the industry and got much solace from some of your posts. Good luck and thanks for all the funny.

Jaleh D said...

First, congrats on the new job!
Second, you'll be missed here.
Third, thank you for choosing to leave this up for us to reference as needed.

Best wishes, Moonie.

Tere Kirkland said...

We'll miss your ass. ;) And just so you know, I have learned a lot from your blog.

Hope your new career keeps you happy!

Saranna DeWylde said...

I didn't get here until the end, but I loved your blog and all of the things you had to say.

I wish you the very best of luck!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you for all you've given us. You will be missed.

Best of luck, Moonrat.

Eric said...

Thank you.


Eric

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh, I'm so sad! Thanks for all the wonderful posts, Moonrat. *sniff sniff* I'll miss your little ratty face.

Please take care and thanks for all the joy and laughter you brought me (and many others) through your blog. Boy, I didn't even realize you originally started this blog to rant. Most of the time I was smiling at your posts!!

All the best,
Amy

Helena said...

Damn. This means I can no longer stop by and read your words of wisdom. I even gotta take your blog name off my blog's list of stuff I read (that's how much I like Eddy Ass).

I HOPE your new job stays perfect and lasts forever and that you'll always be happy in it. Thanks for caring and loving and being there for us writerly types.

SARA J. HENRY said...

You rock, Moonie. It's been a pleasure getting to know you.

Chris Eldin said...

I'm going to really miss you and your posts, but am very happy that life opened a door and things are looking up. You deserve every happiness.

bfav said...

Moonrat, you are breaking my heart. I love your blog. Good luck.

Maree Anderson said...

I'm going to miss you! *sniff*
Loved the personal stuff, loved the work stuff -- you're a gem.
As for more of the insane gossip stuff, yes please! (Can't get by without my dose of insane gossip to keep me, well, relatively sane.)
Good luck with your wonderful new career! They're lucky to have you.

Emily Cross said...

This is like Ms. Snark all over again!!

you're going to be sadly missed, your blog was often the highlight of my google reader and I;m going to really miss your posts! I hope you still have some time to pop in to FITG!

Thank you so much for your wonderful advice and general awesomeness.

Wishing you all the best for the future

*hugs*

Anthrophile said...

This has been a most excellent blog. I'm sad to see it go, but I'm happier that you are pursuing your dreams, and I wish you all the best, and better!

ClothDragon said...

Wishing I would have commented more and gotten to be one of the in-crowd. Still I will miss you and your take on the publishing world.

Joann Swanson said...

I'm one of those "late comers" that found your blog after you'd been here for years. I appreciate every word you've posted. Thank you for the phenomenal content and good luck with everything. Also, CONGRATS on your not-so-new-but-still-so-very-very-awesome job. You deserve it! We'll miss you!

salarsenッ said...

I am deeply moved...and inspired. Thank you.

catdownunder said...

Miaou - purrlease look after yourself!

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Well, there you go. Thanks for everything, you've been a resource that's helped me become a better writer and to understand publishing. I feel a litle choked up, but I guess thats the psychic in me. I knew this moment was coming and I've had a similar experience with another blogger I respected. Good luck with everything. Love and peace Moonie.

Whirlochre said...

A Moonrat-shaped hole on the horizon I can just about handle — but what about all the baby animals? Weird baby animals might leap through from the other side, sweep us away with their weird fur?

Thanks for all your enthusiasm, and best wishes for the future.

Lydia Sharp said...

Goodbye and good luck. *hugs*

EdAss was one of the first blogs I started following for writing and publishing info, and I can't even begin to recount all the times you've posted just the right thing at just the right time for me. I'm glad you're keeping it available for others to discover on their path to publication. :)

Susan McBride said...

Good luck, Moonrat! I truly believe that sometimes friends (and blogs) come along when you need them and then, when you don't, move on their merry ways. Your new job is lucky to have you and all your energy! So you go, girl. :-)

Sherri said...

Good luck in your new job, Moonie. It's been a real pleasure. Here's to happy endings and new beginnings.

Anonymous said...

If you ever feel as if you want to trade in your venting hat for your teacher hat, please come back to us. There are tons of smug bloggers who fill their spaces by making fun of the poor schmucks who are bleeding ink in vain hoping to become published, but there are only a handful of places where anyone can go for sound advice from someone who is genuinely experienced, empathetic, and intelligent. I hope that someday you find that you have lots more to say.

Precie said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Don't leave me!!!!!!

*sob*

Okay, now that I've gotten my selfish whine out of the way, thank you for what you've created here. And for being so wonderful. I miss you already...you and RM.

jjdebenedictis said...

Best of luck, and I am sorry this blog won't go on, but I am really happy to hear you happy. Best wishes, Moonie! (Hmm; spelled a little like heinie.)

Deb Salisbury said...

I'm sad you're leaving us, but happy that you've found a job you love.

Wishing you the best, moonrat.

Daniel W. Powell said...

Moonrat, you've been a tremendous source of insight and compassion throughout your time writing this blog. I've learned a great deal, and I'd be honored to one day work with you on a book. Best of luck moving forward, and thanks again for your generosity over the years.

Liz said...

Oh, Moonrat. Thank you so much for everything you've written here, and for keeping the blog going when it might have been easier to pack it in. I'll miss your posts and your advice!

Cara said...

Moonrat, I looked forward to your insightful and hilarious comments, and yes, I really loved your bridesmaid stories. You helped this "pre-published" picture book writer learn valuable information about the industry and about the do's and don'ts of how to do just about anything related to writing. We'll miss you but I'll be checking back when I have a question and I'll snicker again at your responses. Thank you!

The Rejectionist said...

Good luck!!!!! xoxoxo

angelle said...

jesus. i knew this was coming yet reading it still makes me sad. it's like an end of an era.

but anyway.

you've done a lot for a lot of people, as you can see by the 80 comments already posted. you were never an ass :)

<3!

and u know u have to send me that web address.

Gary Corby said...

And so Moonrat joins Miss Snark on publishing's Mount Olympus, where you will found a new pantheon of mythical goddesses.

Good luck!

Ebony McKenna. said...

*sob*
I feel like I'm losing a friend.

But I also understand how a blog can run out of puff, or how a write can outgrow it.

Many years ago I had a blog under an assumed name and it was a wonderful outlet, but my life changed track and it was time to wave goodbye.

Very best of luck with whatever you do. Hope we can stay in touch via facebook.

Marilyn Peake said...

So sorry to see you go, but thrilled that you've found a great job. Thank you for all the time and information you've given to writers. All the best to you, moonrat!

pensees said...

Thanks for everything and congratulations on the job. Everything has its season, so it's great that you can walk away knowing you gave and received a great deal. You will be missed!

Claire Dawn said...

As we used to say in the Coast Guard, "Fair winds and following seas." I'll miss it.

Lale said...

I'll admit that I haven't been hanging around here for very long, but I've loved every step of the way. With no more posts from you or INTERN, I'm going to have a lot less publishing-related laughter in my life. Thank you for all the wisdom you've imparted, and good luck for the future!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Best of luck to you. I can't imagine how hard it's been to remain anonymous with all that going on -- and to keep a positive vibe on your blog all this time.

I"ll miss your posts, but I'm glad to hear we'll still see you around.

Stuart Neville said...

This, along with Miss Snark's corner of the web, is one of the blogs that helped me get to where I am in my writing career. I'm actually making a living from writing because of those two blogs. I'm truly sorry to see it mothballed, but happy that you've moved on to bigger and better things. Any author would very, very lucky to have you as an editor, and I'm sure your writers are glad you landed on your feet.

emichii said...

i'm so sorry to hear that. :( but i understand you have your reasons and i really, really wish you all the best in your new job and everything! oh, please, please be happy!

you've been such a great help, an awesome source of advice, encouragement, blunt, down-to-earth-honest fact, wit and humour. believe me, i think you are an amazing editor, and i think you'll keep doing awesome things to come!

i hope you'll keep taking over the world, ahem, taking over your new workplace wherever you go! take care, moonie, don't ever give up! hope you'll keep smiling and giving those witty oneliners! even so... i will miss you very much. :(

CKHB said...

Madam, it has been an incredible pleasure. Thank you for giving your time and insight as long as you did.

Please keep your Twitter feed, at least? We like you. We want to stay in touch.

Samantha Vérant said...

A wise French man, who is now my husband, once said, sometimes "goodbyes" are replaced with "adieus."

Good luck, Moon Rat.

Janna Qualman said...

Best with everything, moonrat.

Jenna Wallace said...

So sorry to see you go, but wishing you the absolute best! Thanks for everything you've done and everything you've shared.

Derek Gentry said...

Good luck, moonrat! Very sorry to see you go, but very glad to hear you've landed in a good place!

Charles Gramlich said...

Too many folks probably let their blogs die a slow strangled death rather than make the courageous decision you've made here. We'll miss you of course, but it makes sense with where you are in your life now. Luck, always.

Nancy Coffelt said...

What an honest, wonderful post. You've captured the anxiety and the hard work these times seem to invoke.

All the best to you. But those 5 words just don't feel like a big enough thank you for all that you've done for your readers.

Jennifer Ambrose said...

I remember when I first stumbled onto your blog and how safe it made me feel. I couldn't survive as an editorial ass myself but I love that not only did you survive but you thrived and became an editor. And you didn't stop there. You went on to become a compassionate, helpful, hilarious, and patient resource for all of us struggling writers out here in unpublished land. I'm so grateful for the information you've shared and for getting to meet you through this blog. Wishing you well and I'll see you soon.

WendyCinNYC said...

Selfishly, I'm sad to see you go, but I'm glad you are in a better place career-wise.

I'd love it if you'd post every once in a long while. You have such good advice to give.

See you 'round.

WendyCinNYC said...

Selfishly, I'm sad to see you go, but I'm glad you are in a better place career-wise.

I'd love it if you'd post every once in a long while. You have such good advice to give.

See you 'round.

sherry stanfa-stanley said...

*Sigh* But it's been a great run. Thanks, and best of everything to you.

Jane Steen said...

Aw, another publishing-industry blog winds up. Seems to be happening a lot lately, but I can understand that in the end there's only so much to say. I hope the new job continues to be wonderful, and that I'll come across you on a new blog or venture one day.

Thanks for all the great advice and for creating a community.

xxx

Tom M Franklin said...

i send you a great round of applause and a bouquet of thank-yous.


-- Tom

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Good night and good luck, EdAss. Yours was the very first publishing industry blog I ever found, and I've appreciated the knowledge you've shared. To the future!

Nadine said...

((hugs))

Thanks for all your advice over the years!

Jill Myles said...

How can we possibly complain if you are ridiculously happy? Short answer: we cannot.

May we all be so lucky as to land in your slushpile. :)

xoxo!!!

Jill :)

Suzan Harden said...

I'm glad you landed on your feet, Moonrat. Your sage advice will be missed,

chelle said...

Thank you - I've so enjoyed this blog. Hope that all goes well!

dylan said...

Happy Trails Moonrat.

I've enjoyed all your posts (Editor stirring your coffee with his eyeglass arm leaps to mind).

Thanks. dylan

Shelley said...

No shame in layoffs any more. Happened to me too. Let the corporations be ashamed for what they've done to us; we need not be.

And as a writer, I can tell you that I have found this blog not only helpful but also somehow
encouraging.

Thank you.

Pamala Knight said...

Thank YOU for all the wonderful advice you've shared here. I'll miss your wit as well as the gentle guidance. I guess when I miss you, RM and the Aunda, I'll just pop over and reminisce in the archives.

Good luck in the new career.

*Hugs*

fivespicealley said...

ah, you're making me tear up!

I just have to say: I'm sure the new job has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard work, editorial prowess, and sheer grit. you deserve it!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

Moonrat, I mostly lurk here but wanted to offer you a big congratulations--what an inspiring story! I wish you all the best of luck and THANK YOU so much for
all your time and invaluable input.

BTW, can you please please let me know the other site you write at? I would love to read
your stuff!

Janet Reid said...

that funny sound you hear is me gnashing my fangs in frustration.

I love this blog.

However, I adore you more than any blog, and I know you didn't make the decision lightly.

I'm sticking you with the sushi bill till I quit weeping though: be forewarned.

Other Lisa said...

Dang! Well, I'm happy to hear that your closing up shop is basically for good and happy and hopeful reasons. Thanks for all of your wonderful posts over the years. I've really appreciated them...

Kylie L said...

Have often read; have never commented- until now. I am an author, and I just feel so touched and lucky that there are people out there like you who want to work with us. Have loved your blog; have valued your advice. Thank you and all the good luck in the world. xxxx

David Alton Dodd said...

You will be missed - I will miss you here. This is my favorite publishing blog. Much luck, Moonie, you've brought many smiles to my face and given me endless things to ponder. Maybe some day our paths will cross again :)

Linda said...

Wow. I was tinking as I read this post -- your blog has made such an impression on me, it has helped me in ways you could never imagine.

But I am wrong. It's not the blog who has 'helped', it is the Woman behind the Curtain who has. Through the small personal touches you have built community and relationship, and I will so miss you.

Thank you for your dedication to the book, to the writers who struggle to get their words 'out there', to your passion. Peace always...

The First Carol said...

I'm glad you're still blogging, even if at a completely unrelated place because some of the best writing here was about life.

Be looking for an email from me -- I'll trade you my other website for yours.

Best of luck!

nightsmusic said...

Awww, moonie, I'm going to miss you. Though I rarely posted, you had/have! one of my favorite blogs. But I'm glad things worked out for you. Much hugs {{{{{Moonrat}}}}

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Totally sad to see you go, Moonie. But at least you're leaving for good reasons. I loved your blog. Thank you for all the great advice. xoxo,

Sommer said...

Standing ovation!

Nadine said...

Thanks for all your advice over the years!

Annette Lyon said...

Adding my thanks for all you've given us writers over the years--the advice, the laughs, and the support.

I think you're right--you sound like the kind of editor I'd love to have in my corner.

writtenwyrdd said...

Sorry you will be leaving blogging, but I do hope to see you around some times in the blogosphere. and Congrats on the new job!!

Sandra Patterson said...

Moonrat, what a wonderful, moving post. I'm one of the many, many aspiring writers your advice has helped and can only thank you for that. We'll all miss you but you're right to put your own career first. Best of luck for the future, although I don't think for a moment that you need it!
Cheers!

Nina said...

"For once, the busy streets in my part of town were almost completely empty, and on our home stretch we got to watch the sun rise over the Bronx."

To me, this world does not exist. It is so far away, and the experience in itself is something I'll never be able to have.

After all these years it is time to stop and smell the roses. I wish you good luck, you deserve it =)

Leslie said...

What an incredibly gracious and articulate post. Best of luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck with the new job. I enjoyed your posts. But darn it, you never got around to telling me what the midlist was for!

Virginia Amos said...

Congratulations on your new job/life/career. As someone who spent almost 30 years on the sales end of publishing (Harcourt, Macmillan, S&S) and went through 5 corporate takeovers, I understand your hopes, your frustrations, and your passion for the industry. I was a late comer to your blog but enjoyed every minute of it. The best of everything to you.

_*rachel*_ said...

Aw, man, I'm really going to miss you.

Thanks for keeping the archives up, though. If we can't have you, at least we can have the memories.

Nom de Gare said...

Oh, thank you so much for this wonderfully honest, thoughtful, considered and hilarious blog, far and away one of the wisest, kindest, most clear-eyed corners of the internet. You should be proud of the thing you built here.

And all the best for whatever comes next. If you're ever in Australia, look me up??

Oh, and: congrats to the Rally Monkey on the career change!!

badas2010 said...

Just another latecoming fan to say all the best and thanks for leaving it up here, I've still got a lot of archive to go through.

Anonymous said...

I haven't commented very often, but I've really enjoyed following your blog and your insights into publishing.

All the best to you!!!

Dru

Leslie said...

One more thank you and best wishes. We will miss you, but it sounds like you're doing the right thing for yourself, and yay for that!

alisha said...

I've enjoyed your blog for the past year and you've really help me start to gain an understanding of the industry. Good luck in your next season in life. :)

Joanne Levy said...

Wishing you all the best of everything, Moonie. You will be missed as you can see by the many well-wishes above mine.

May your toilet lid always be found in the down position. ;-)

Kelsey said...

Thanks for all of your hard work and advice here Moonie. As an author starting out in the business I often visited the archives for advice. Best of luck with the new gig!

roh morgon said...

Thank you for sharing a bit of your life and experiences with us.

Best wishes to you in this new chapter of your book of life. Moonrat will be missed.

robinellen said...

Thanks for everything -- and much good luck to you in the future :)

Sam Hranac said...

{{HUGS}} again. You must feel like a bride with all the hugs and kisses lined up.

Enjoy the rest of your journey. You've created a great resource and joy for many.

A. Zanoni said...

Moonie, you are awesome. Thanks so much for your blog. May your new gig take great care to keep you, 'cause you're a true keeper!

I'm always sending people here to learn from you. Plus all you've taught =me=. :>

Best, always.

Anne*---

Mike Lindgren said...

NOOOOO!
Oops, sorry, that was a selfish reaction. You are the best, and an amazing person, clearly, and I wish you much luck and happiness in your new path.

Julie said...

I am happy for you and wish you the best of luck. When I first started my blog some years ago, you were the first person from the "outside world" to comment. I had no idea people other than my close friends could even find my blog of mainly photos what I eat!! I have enjoyed reading your entries and understand totally your need and right to stop. It is still a sad day.

Bookewyrme said...

It makes me sad that you're leaving this blog, though I haven't commented here much. I always enjoyed reading it! Best of luck to you, in everything, and thanks for the great advice you're leaving on the net! ^_^

~Lia

Anonymous said...

Good luck. It has been a pleasure lurking here; I wish you much success.

Sonya

Demon Hunter said...

Booooooooooo!!! I just got here and you're leaving :(

J/K, I've learned a lot from this blog just from a couple of post and I have plenty more post to keep me busy for a while. Thank you for your candidness in this blog. What you've said terrified me in some parts, but I really needed this kind of honesty to help me make the right choices for my career.

I wish you the best of luck! If your new boss knows what's good for him, he'll will keep you close forever!

michaelm said...

Just got your link through an email from Mira Bartok.
Now you're gone.
Day late, dollar short . . .
That's the story of my life somedays.
I've heard great things about you, MR.
I wish you well.
~m

Anita Saxena said...

We'll miss you. Best of luck with your new position.

ggwritespoetry said...

I will miss your posts sooooo much! Thank you for being there for me when I was not published... when I needed to know more and had nowhere else to go... for the great advice that I never asked for... but desperately needed. Love you for it! --GG

Anonymous said...

This blog has been fantastic over the years I’ve been reading it, always informative, and always entertaining. Thank you so much for it, and if I ever make it as a published writer part of that success will be down to this blog.
Thanks again Moonie
Jim

Anonymous said...

This was one of the least snarky and most helpful of the publishing advice blogs. The author obviously loves her job, and I will miss dropping in on her.

Shelley said...

In the current economy, layoffs are no longer an embarrassment; they're just life.

Glad you got another job.

Anita said...

I'll miss you and will refer back here tons. I hope you're having a fabulous life wherever you are, whatever you're doing!

lgfrancis said...

Good luck. There are some tears in my eyes, while reading your blog I wrote my novel. You helped me every step of the way and if my book is ever published you will be in the acknowledgements.
Thanks so much....

Crystal Posey said...

Ah, man! I'm crying here! I don't drop by on a regularly basis, as I have so many children I have to drop by when I can. Blog reading takes so much more time than that darn twitter. So, I'm just now reading this.

I didn't read my first novel until my senior year in high school. I was starting adult life so I didn't continue reading, even though I still love that book today.

2004 was a very dark time in my life and I picked that book back up, and another, and another, and before I knew it I was typing my own story. Fast forward a few years, I started googling.

I found Janet Reid and you. You two have educated me on what the literary world is about. I was pregnant at the time and I can remember having to cross my legs so I wouldn't pee on myself, because I would be laughing so hard.

I'm not actively pursuing publishing, only time will tell if that ever happens. But I'm fascinated with this business. I'm fascinated with the literary world and I love it. Thanks to people like you I don't have to be a published author to learn the ropes, and continue my fascination.

I hope you stay on facebook/twitter. I'm following you and friended with you. That makes me happy.

Crystal Posey (Another Mole Loving Gal)

Kate Lord Brown said...

Moonie - I am so behind on my blog reading only just saw this post. Wanted to email you but lost your address when the computer died (8 year old roller skated into the tower :) Msg me if you get a chance? Meantime all the best, and proud to have been a Member of the Mischief x

Maria said...

Always enjoyed your blog. I hadn't been by in a while (just a lot going on, of course.)

Stopped by today and I see I missed the goodbye part of the party.

You'll be missed, not so much the advice as it is still here, but the humor, wit and enthusiasm I'd find in new posts when I dropped by.

Good luck with your new future!

Maria

Short Short Stories said...

May you walk proudly through that good night.

Jenny Phresh said...

I just found you, and now you're leaving! Nice work on this blog. Your comments will remain as excellent inspiration and advice.

kyrias said...

Oh, I came too late to the party, I see. I'm trying to find your email to say that I'd be interested in the gossip and your incisive humor, but if this never reaches your eyes -- thank you still for the advice and the laughs.

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Mary Uhles said...

oh no! i've been REALLY out of the loop for months with life and crap... i check back to catch waaay up and you're gone! I will really miss your humor and insights on publishing. Congrats on the new better job and thanks for leaving the blog up so I can re-read some of the oldies and goodies.