Well, I’m losing my Horngate editor. She’s got a fabulous new job and she will be leaving in a couple of weeks. I am so happy for her and so unhappy for me.
What you need to know is that a good editor is worth her weight in gold. And jewels. You want her to be able to see the flaws in your work so you can make the book the best it can be, and you want her to let you have your own storytelling voice and style. You want her to be organized and focused and smart. Mine is all of that and more.
Ironically, this is the second time I’ve lost this very same editor. She was my original editor at Roc with the Path books, and then moved to Pocket. Then she bought my Horngate books.
So I raise a glass to you Jen, and then I’ll drink the entire bottle and eat chocolate cake and wallow in self pity. Then I’ll get back to work. I don’t know who will be replacing her, but I hope they can find someone as good.