I wanted to take a moment and post a thanks to everyone who has taken the time over the past week to pass on their well wishes and enthusiasm, both here and on Twitter, other blogs and forums. I am so appreciative of all the things you’ve said and all the encouragement that you’ve given me.
It’s been an interesting experience, the process of moving to a new company and changing jobs. Certainly, it’s something I’ve done in the past. I mean, I had a career as an occupational therapist before I entered publishing, and I held several jobs there, as I worked my way up the career ladder in that field. But never before has one of my job changes taken place so publicly and it’s been…somewhat disconcerting to say the least. It wasn’t unexpected for me that people would take interest in this move, but what did come as a surprise were the people who reacted negatively, bitterly and some with outright anger. And the people who seem to be waiting for failure. I wasn’t quite expecting that, or those who took it seemingly personally. I promise you, it wasn’t personal. I wonder if there’s something about the smaller, more intimate setting of digital publishing that makes people seem to react more strongly to this than when editors move within traditional publishers?
So this last week has been this weird roller coaster of emotions, one I’ve never experienced before in relation to a job change. I have another post planned to give you some insight into one interesting part of that, which I don’t mind making public since it’s about my personal reactions. But here I’ll just say I’m very thankful for my friends and family, who have been rather forced to go on the emotional roller coaster with me, when I’m sure there were times they’d have liked to leap off (without helmets, even). And I’m also glad for the Quartet Press partners, who are amazingly pragmatic, and who’ve shown such good faith and belief in me. I needed all of that this week.
But now that the first week has passed, I’m looking to the upcoming months of building and planning. Starting a new company is never a smooth ride, but I’m going to do my best to make it as smooth as possible. Thankfully, I know some of what to expect and I have a game plan, along with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for what we’re building. I tell you, it has potential.
So, again, for all of the positive energy you’ve sent my way–thank you!