Jeff’s post about his 14 years in publishing reminded me that I am hitting my 7 year anniversary here at Midnight Ink. It has been a pretty crazy ride, that is for sure. Here are some of the highlights:
- My first writer’s conference as an editor was the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Conference. It is a very well run conference. For a while I thought maybe I should open an office in Denver since I had so many authors out there.
- Bowling at Bouchercon. I feel like we did two years but I can’t remember for sure.
- Attending the Edgars for the first time. That is pretty awesome.
- Finding out that a coworker sent the wrong file to printer, which lead to an understandingly outraged author, which lead me to leave work that afternoon and go get a tattoo. I love that tattoo.
- Publishing a few books in hardcover – getting to here was a battle, but a very rewarding one.
- My first sales conferences here at Midnight Ink. The first one I attended was a week or so after I was hired. It was interesting because during that sales conference I was asked quite a few questions – mostly giving comp titles on the fly. I think it not only proved to the folks here that I knew my stuff, it also proved to me that I did. I should remember that day more often.
- Attending smaller conferences like MWA-U, Crimebake, Sleuthfest, SinC into Great Writing, California Crime Writers, and Desert Sleuths Write Now to name a few. I particularly love that I have acquired several series as a direct result of attending these cons.
- Getting Christmas presents from my authors. I had no idea that was a thing! But it is and I really like it. I mean, who doesn’t like getting stuff. And I love it all - whether it be homemade or purchased baked goods, chocolates or fruits, toasters or vodka. Which leads me to my next highlight…
- The relationships I have built with my authors. I like my authors. I really, really do. I can’t even express how much I like them. I’ve talked before about being an introvert and how conferences can be stressful, but the best part about conferences is hanging with my authors.
- Second to my friendships with my authors are my friendships with so many in crime fiction community. Publicists, reviewers, magazine publishers, writers, agents, editors – the people in our industry are second to none.
- The Malice Domestic banquets. If you have sat at our tables, you totally understand.
My job is a pretty great one. I get to meet amazing people, read fantastic manuscripts, and do my part to bring new books to crime fiction readers. If only I could clone myself so I could do more.
*** I purposely did not name names here. If I started I just couldn’t stop. So big hugs to all, unless you are Dan Malmon. Then you get a pat on the shoulder or a nod.