I couldn’t make this up. It just proves no good deed goes unpunished. I finished my book. Done. Chasing Hope was slated for publication in the spring. We are on Cape Cod for July 4th. All seemed right with the world. My publisher is Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, now the largest publisher in the world. As our kids are arriving I get an email from my editor, informing me that she lost her job. Huh?
She is young and talented, a rising star there. I just stared at that sentence on the computer. Then I read on. The President of Blue Rider, my patron, is out. In fact, everyone there is out of work. Wait, I yelled in my head. I did not even have the chance to send in my 300-page manuscript.
Penguin Random House controls 61 % of the book market. That is extraordinary concentration of power. We have discussed in this space what is happening in news. Really, it is in all media. These are bottom line business decisions. Public interest be damned.
I am lucky. Dutton, a venerable old publisher, is going to take over my book. I am lucky. I could have been at a loss for words or simply the frustrated keeper of lost words.