By now I'm sure you've heard of the shutting down of Egmont USA. It's always sad to watch something disappear, as it were. But I'm mentioning this in particular today because of Alison Weiss, who will be out of a job along with her colleagues, and who has been a positive force in my blog world for quite a while.
A few years ago, one of our then-teen writers conceived the idea for a teen writing blog, and Write On! was born. Almost immediately, Alison stepped forward, offering to host a monthly "ask the editor" on the teens' bulletin board. She was generous with her time and showed a real interest in speaking knowledge and wisdom into the hearts and minds of these young writers. Now, there are a lot of good people in publishing, and there are many who understand what it means to either "give back" or "pay it forward". But, truly, Alison's palpable desire to help these young writers--to be there to answer their questions and offer encouragement--was huge. Editors are busy folks (as we all know). That she would take the time to offer her expertise to these teens speaks highly of her.
In addition to this, Alison has been very supportive of MSFV over the years. In 2013, she
Behind the scenes, she's been a quiet, positive voice, always offering her support and saying she'd do "anything" for the blog. Right now, I wish I could do "anything" for her, but she doesn't really need me--because her talent and skill speak for themselves, and I know she'll find her Next Best Thing before we know it.
Alison: Thanks for everything. You know I'll be cheering for you as you move forward in your career.
To all the Egmont team: Thank you for everything you have offered to the world of stories, and best wishes.
And, finally, to all the Egmont authors who will be looking for a new home: Sometimes it feels like life has kicked us in the face. May this NOT be a kick--may it be the inciting incident for the REAL plot. Wishing you all happy landing places.