Friday, February 20, 2009

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.

FYI.

7 comments:

Deirdre Mundy said...

Hmmm... so are the remaining editors stockpiling books and coffee under their desks in case of total collapse?

I'm glad you still have a job EA, but I'm sorry about your coworkers.

Would publishers have better margins if they weren't all located in NYC or had more telecommuting? I know a lot of indistries are headed that way....

Anonymous said...

or they're one of the unfortunate ones who got laid off....

*sigh*

Paul said...

It's a good thing I work best with little supervision. Though I feel like I ought to send my two editors a care package. Chocolate, chamomile tea, or perhaps a little bottle of Bourbon.
I hope things get better sooner.

Anonymous said...

My first book just got canceled, AND I got laid off from my day job. The latter experience made the former a little easier to bear; I'd rather publishers hedge their bets and cancel work by unknowns than lay off editorial staff. But I sure hope I get a second chance when the economy improves!

Kim Kasch said...

This economy is sooo depressing - and sorry to hear anonymous. That is horrible - two big blows.

Maybe things will take a turn - and quickly.

Gonna be a writer said...

I just discovered your blog and was flicking through a few posts. Even though you don't know me from Adam I hope you won't mind me commiserating with you. Sodding recession.

Editorial Anonymous said...

Thank you, I appreciate all the sympathy.

Still, I'm very grateful to have a job at a time when so many people don't.