Good morning, everyone!
I’ll start off by wishing a happy book birthday to this month’s Heartwarming roster:
Congratulations on your releases, Karen, Syndi, Linda and Catherine!
One of my favorite parts of being an editor is how much is always going on at once. For example, right now, I’m simultaneously celebrating and promoting new releases, line-editing soon-to-be published titles and brainstorming future story ideas with authors. Which has gotten me thinking, lately, about how social this job—and the job of an author—can be.
Though us book people are often depicted as retiring introverts (and hey, who among us hasn’t opted for a night in with a novel and a warm drink), there’s so much more interaction and collaboration than we get credit for. Even if I’m technically alone while editing, I always feel like I’m having a conversation with the author. Throughout the day, I’ll be on the phone or emailing authors and agents, checking in with colleagues, tweeting… I know the same can be said for many writers, too.
Which is to say nothing of signings, readings and conferences. And all of that is great! It’s what I love about the job. But there’s also something to be said for solitude.
Though I’m not due at Harlequin until 9am, my workday actually starts at 6, so I can get in some of my own writing. I started this routine about six months ago, when I realized I needed to carve out some dedicated time if I wanted to meet my writing goals and sink my teeth into a new project. I’ve really come to savor that sliver of time when I can be alone with my words (and a cup of coffee, obviously).
Whether it’s in the form of a retreat or finding a quiet hour to close the office door every day, it’s so important to take time not just for but with ourselves. I hope everyone gets that opportunity for solitude this weekend.
Speaking of opportunities (please forgive my awkward segue!), the Heartwarming editors will be announcing an exciting pitch opportunity at the end of the month. Keep an eye on the So You Think You Can Write blog (www.sytycw.com/blog) for details!
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend,