This conversation tickled me

I don’t do a lot of Brianna posts here anymore, but this conversation was a little too long for Twitter, and it tickled me so much, I had to share.

B: “Phew, something stinks outside the truck window. What is that? Ohhh, I know, it must be the farmer’s plants…they put special stink stuff on them.”

She ponders this for a few minutes and then says, “Are you going to take the Miata?”

“What?”

“Tomorrow, when Miss Jeri watches me, are you going to take the Miata?”

“No, I don’t think Uncle Adam will fit in the Miata with us”

“Why is Uncle Adam going on date night with you?”

“Because he’s coming along and Miss Jeri is going to babysit you. Maybe next time just Mommy and Daddy will go and Uncle Adam will babysit you.”

“You mean bigsit. I’m not a baby.”

“Well you’re my baby.”

“I know, but I really don’t want you to call me a baby. I would prefer you not call me a baby, because I’m not a baby. How about big-girlsit? Since I’m a big girl now. NOT a baby. Yeah. Big-girlsit.”

“Okay, then, big-girlsit it is” (shoulders shaking, trying desperately not to laugh. And yes, that is exactly the wording she used in the entire conversation. Precocious much?)

A final thanks and some thoughts

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!

Risky answers

I’m guesting on the Risky Regencies blog today, where they did a Q&A with me. Head over and leave a comment (ask a question, show some love) because one random commenter will win a prize pack from me.

Moving on…

You know when you sit and try to imagine what life will be like or what you’ll be doing in one, two, five years and even your most wild imaginings don’t quite get it right? That’s where I’m at right now.

Last spring I was approached by someone I admire tremendously and have always held a bit of awe for, Kassia Krozser, about the possibility of joining her and her partners in their new publishing venture, Quartet Press. I said no. I wished them luck, said I’d do what I could to spread the word and help them succeed, but I said no. After all, I’d already helped start and build one publisher, had watched it grow and gain traction in the publishing world and really, who has the energy to start over from scratch and do it all over again? But it turns out Kassia and her partners weren’t ready to give up on me. They came back to me months later, wanting to discuss what it would take, and flattering me enormously (hint: I am not immune to compliments and ego strokes. A girl does like to be reminded of her worth from time to time, after all). Apparently, they thought I had something to offer, some skills that would be an asset to Quartet Press, and a presence in the digital community that was valuable to not just them, but to authors and readers.

Eventually, they hit all the right notes for me and Josh (whose birthday it is today, btw, so thank you, babe, for sticking it out with me these past few weeks while I was a basket case of nerves and decisions). So here we are today, with this press release and me confirming that, yes, in a decision not made easily or lightly, I have resigned my position with Samhain and have taken on the position of editorial director at Quartet Press.

When I joined Samhain in 2005, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and hopeful. Though digital publishing had been around for years, in some ways it was still in its infancy. People wondered how Samhain could be different than the other publishers out there. I had some ideas, but what I did know is that I was going to do my damndest to help build the best company possible. Four years later, I know so much more about digital publishing and I think it’s been clear over the years that I’m both passionate about it and passionately believe in it.

One of the reasons I ultimately decided to make the difficult decision to move to Quartet Press was because I do believe in digital publishing. I think there’s a lot of room for more quality publishers, whether they’re publishing romance or something else. I think that more quality publishers within digital publishing can only benefit those already there, including publishers, authors and readers. On the upside, I helped build this with Samhain once, a publisher I continue to love and have faith in, and I believe I can do it again. On the downside, starting all over and proving myself and my publisher one more time. No pressure there.

Cheer us on, or wait and see. Regardless, I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.

Small update

I know things have been (really) silent around here lately. I have a lot of excuses, most of which I can’t share right now but I’ve been dealing with some stressful stuff. More on that later. In the meantime, I haven’t even been on Twitter too much either. But I’ve been getting a lot of stuff done both at work and at home, so that’s a good thing!

Here’s some things you might not know:

My brother is moving from ND to come and live with us. He’s looking for a change and we have an extra bedroom. Plus, it’s a lot warmer here than it is there. Bonus for him! We’re all excited that he’s making this move, and Brianna is doing a “how many days until Uncle Adam gets here” countdown. For those wondering, it’s nine days. Josh is flying out there next Friday to drive back with him. Hopefully by then I’ll have all the bookshelves in the spare bedroom emptied so he has room to move.

Photo 2We got another cat. Diva Eva (or Deva, since that’s what Josh has been calling her). He found her on his way home from work last month. She ran across the highway and he stopped to get her. She was so tiny, not even six weeks according to the vet. We weren’t sure that we were going to keep her, but even more than any of us getting attached to her, one of our other cats, Max, latched right on to her. They’re buds. She’s actually fit right into our family quite well. She’s still pretty skittish, but every week she gets a little more affectionate. Oh, and Brianna named her. If you’ve seen the movie, Wall-E, you’ll get it.

This fall, I plan on being at three conferences including the first annual KillerCon in Las Vegas, NINC in St. Louis and NJRW in New Jersey. Anyone else planning on attending any of these?

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