I struggled for several minutes for an appropriate title, but I couldn't think of one. I'm having a hard time with thinking in general today. I've been at work for 90 minutes, and I've really accomplished nothing except hanging up on two different people on two different occasions and getting my computer registered on the school's wireless account.

Yesterday was a strange day. [personal profile] eurydice72 and I are still working hard on our novel. So far, we're calling it The Unmourned. We're right on track with it, word-count wise, and I love the characters and everything. But yesterday, things slowed to a stop. Because we were distracted by the fact that our editor at Samhain has reassigned us to another editor. A decision that was mild to moderately traumatic for us. It literally came out of nowhere, without any real warning, and without any real explanation. She claims it is because the new editor specifically asked--even begged--to edit for us, and I'm inclined to take her at her word. I don't feel as though I'm a gullible person, but I don't enjoy living my life expecting the worst from every person. Of course, there are some things that make me suspicious of this. The real hard part is that we really, really respect our editor. We love her. We love working with her. She's often very hard on us, but that's because she's a good editor and we need it. We don't want to work with another editor, and there's a little bit of resentment that we weren't even consulted on this decision. So there's the feeling that we're being dumped, that we don't get a say in our own work, and fear about the unknown. Well, I've worked with new!Editor before, and I like her, but that was literally years ago, and we don't know how she'll work with us. More troubling than that is the fact that she apparently doesn't edit much m/m. We write a lot of gay romance. To add insult to injury, our old editor announced she still has slots to fill for later this year and has no submissions on her queue. So it's like, "Hey, I'm looking for books! Except from Vivien and Pepper. I don't want anything to do with them." Which isn't exactly fair, but I don't feel like anything about this situation is exactly fair.

It doesn't help that she rejected our current submission there. The email reads like this "Oh, I'm so excited to work with you, I love your work so much, we're going to have a great time, but this current submission isn't publishable." Um...thanks? Actually, I can't be too upset about it because the reasons she rejected it were basically on the money (I disagree with one thing she said). And they were things we were thinking about doing anyway. But it just starts things off on the wrong foot. New!Editor is currently reading On A Bruised Road. I'm hoping she doesn't reject that, too, because then my roll-with-the-punches attitude will be gone. I mean, nobody likes rejection, but I think this will be especially galling.

I honestly wonder if our relationship with Samhain will continue as it has done in the past. I know that [personal profile] eurydice72 was deeply unhappy with the decision, and while I mostly don't take it personally, I feel a little soured on the experience. We sell great at Samhain, and I love the covers and the editing process and I've been happy with them. And I don't want to be a diva author who gets butthurt over all slights, real or imagined. But my editors at other publishers have never made me feel this way.

On the other hand, this might be the greatest thing that ever happened to us, and new!Editor could be the George Martin to our Lennon/McCartney. I doubt it, but it is a possibility.

So in conclusion, I don't know what to think. I guess I'll reserve my judgment until I hear about On A Bruised Road. If she accepts it, I'll find out what it's like to work with her, and if we'll have a good relationship. If she rejects it, I'll move on. It's a good story. It'll find a home somewhere.


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