Last week was a sad week. The publishing company that first published me has decided to close. And even though I no longer publish through them, I’ve been involved with other aspects of the business (acquisitions reading, that sort of thing) and it was near and dear to my heart. What I loved the most was the publisher’s commitment to putting out books that wouldn’t be accepted by mainstream publishers. Books that had Christians living real, sticky, messy lives and finding their way through, despite how hard it is.
But at the end of the day, it’s a business. And these decisions that get made are done for business reasons. It’s hard, but true. The publishing world is a tough one.
What makes me sadder is seeing some of the other authors behaving so badly in light of the news. I know that it’s hard news to get. But you keep your hurt and anger within the confines of your family and trusted friends. You don’t need to take it out in public and lash out at the person who is already hurting because she had to make the decision to close in the first place.
If you think of it, would you pray for Lynellen (the publisher) and her authors? I know they’d all appreciate it as they move forward.