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A Sad Week

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.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear that people behaved badly. It is a situation that no one wanted to see. There is no benefit to casting stones. God cares more for His people than books. I pray that healing comes.

    1. I love that last thought — God absolutely cares more about His people than books.

  2. Awww. Such a sad time for everybody involved. Praying for Lynellen especially, but also for the authors and for YOU, Elizabeth. God cares deeply for each and every one of you. I know it was a hard decision. Let the healing begin.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that some of the responses have been unkind. I haven’t seen any of that. I’ve been sitting with my own thoughts and feelings for a few days, but as one of Lynellen’s early authors, I have only admiration for her skills and gratitude for her dedication. It’s always easier to fault the industry than to look into our own hearts. Wishing you both comfort, healing, and new opportunities to express the creativity you both possess.

    1. I really love your attitude, yosemitesyd. Lyn is a good friend of mine and she’s nothing if not dedicated to her authors. And she’s a darn good editor too! God bless you on your continued writing journey and here’s to those new opportunities God will provide.

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