Another Publisher Makes Changes

This past week our office received three separate emails detailing some changes happening at Abingdon Press. One focused on the fiction division, the second on the non-fiction division, and the third was from one of the editors making sure we received the news. We really appreciated the communication! So often we hear such news third hand. It is refreshing to hear it directly.

The basic content of the messages were about personnel changes in editorial and marketing. Plus the temporary suspension of receiving new fiction proposals. Their fiction acquisitions are set through 2015 (as they should be by this time) and in a few months their acquisitions will resume as normal.

There are frequent personnel changes in all businesses. Publishing is not exempt. In other words, this news was not earth-shattering but should be considered normal.

What was interesting was the reaction from some in the writing community unusued to seeing official news. At least no one succumbed to shouting “Publishing is Dead!”

Speculation as to the cause for personnel changes at a publishing house can range from “books aren’t selling for traditional publishers anymore so people have to be fired” to “someone must have made management angry” to “they found a better job.” We don’t know the whole story, nor should we. Speculation fuels anxiety. Instead we really need to focus on the “what’s next?” question. Meanwhile publishing at Abingdon will continue unabated.

The cliched phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” should come to mind when contemplating the publishing environment. Lean on your literary agent or professional advisors. Keep writing. Obedience to your calling is a powerful thing.

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7 Responses to Another Publisher Makes Changes

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    Ron Estrada August 4, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    How about “Keep Calm and Innovate.” The publishing industry isn’t dying, they’re just getting beat up a bit on the rocks as the river of social evolution flows on. They’ll figure out how to respond to the indie gold rush and be competitive again. We just need to be patient. And don’t panic.

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    Jeanne Takenaka August 4, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I always appreciate your balanced perspective, Steve. This line from your post: “Speculation fuels anxiety. Instead we really need to focus on the ‘what’s next?'” This truth transcends publishing and applies to most of life.

    No one needs more anxiety, especially in publishing. Having the mindset of focusing on ‘What’s next’ seems a good way to deal with the changes that inevitably come in publishing and in life.

    Thanks for the update!

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    Brenda Nixon August 4, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Small but, the Nazarene Publishing House, last week cut 1/3 of its staff!

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    Jim Lupis August 4, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    As a writer, all I can do is focus on writing – and pray. Taking a deep breath doesn’t hurt either.

    Steve, do you see a major consolidation in the publishing industry? I know that in other sectors these events usually marks the beginning of this trend.

    Thanks for all the helpful information.

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    Elva Cobb Martin August 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Steve, thanks for the update. But would love to know the changes you are talking about. (smile).

    Elva Cobb Martin

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    Rhonda Langefeld August 5, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    “Obedience to your calling is a powerful thing.” That is exactly it. Thank you, Steve. Not, “I will obey, if…” Because it is really the One behind the calling who is everything.

    A writer who rests the hopes for his future on the circumstances around him will eat himself alive with worry and it will show up in his work. And for some reason, I can’t imagine the Lord God running around tearing at His hair, crying, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Look at what’s happening to bookstores and publishing!!!!” No. I don’t think He is doing that at all.

    Our job is what it has always been. To work our craft, make our tools ready and always be praying, “Okay, what next, God?”

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