STATUS: Network nightmares. You don’t want to talk to me right now. Despite being nice, I might actually snap at you.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? Ray Charles piped in over the speaker. Can’t tell you the title of the song though. He’s awesome regardless of which song.
Sorry folks. It’s not going to be a real blog today. My office computer network went down this morning and it’s still not fixed. Of course that drives me insane since everything happens by email. Almost everything. I did actually pick up the phone today. Gasp. How old-fashioned.
So you’re probably wondering how I’m making this entry happen? Via my happy local Starbucks. I actually wanted to use the free wifi on the 16th street mall in downtown Denver but my computer was being ornery and wouldn’t connect to that network.
As to what happens to editors over the age of 35? Lots of things.
Publishing is tough. Long hours. Low pay. Tons of reading, which can strain the eyes. Editors really have to be passionate to stick with it.
Lots leave after a couple of years in the trenches. Many are promoted to positions where acquiring still happens (such as an Editorial Director) but mostly the job entails management.
Some editors leave to flip over to the dark side known as agenting.
Big smile here.
Some become editors-at-large so they can take more control over their projects and their lives.
Some move into other aspects of publishing.
Some actually retire after many fab years in the business.
Don’t worry. We don’t put them down after 35.