When One Door Closes

This week’s #UpbeatAuthors topic is “When one door closes, another one opens.” It’s one of those sayings that can be annoying when you’ve just had a door slam in your face. That’s understandable because the opportunity lost is still fresh in your mind, still stings or full-fledged hurts. It often takes time to get over that door closing before you can see a nearby door that’s open or before you can start your search for an open door. Sometimes you stumble upon the door quite by accident. And sometimes an opportunity comes knocking.

A number of years ago, I worked at a magazine. The editor at the time went on maternity leave, and I did a lot of extra work. Eventually, she turned in her notice because she was moving to another state. I applied for the job, but I didn’t get it. At the time I was quite upset, but it worked out okay in the end. The co-worker who got the job is really good at it and is still in that position. By contrast, I left my position there almost 13 years ago to pursue writing fiction full time. If I had been in the editor’s position, it would have been much harder for me to leave the job, at least not before we did a search for a new editor and got someone into the position and trained. I was burned out and ready for a change, and because I had not gotten the editor’s position, I was able to make that transition more quickly.

Earlier this year, I received the news that Harlequin was ending my line next summer, and I wasn’t the only one. With five lines closing, that was a lot of authors out of spots, and there just weren’t enough other available spots in other lines for everyone. I decided not to pursue one and pivot in another direction. At the RWA conference, I met with an editor from Tule Publishing, and now I’m under contract for three books with them. I have some other projects in the percolating phase, but I’ll be keeping those under wraps for now. If you’d like to know when I spill the beans on those and other writing/book-related news, be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

I’m excited to be going in some new directions after a decade writing for Harlequin. I will miss working with my editors there, but change is just a part of life. And often that change is exactly what you need, even when you can’t see it at the time.

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