Angela James, who only weeks ago accepted the post of editorial director for the now defunct Quartet Press, has apparently been deluged with email from well wishers in the wake of the publisher’s disbanding. This morning she sent out a blanket Thank You via Twitter:
Am buried under all the support you’re sending me. I’m not complaining, I really appreciate it, but plz don’t be offended by no/slow response.
Other than the few simple statements from QP principal Kat Meyer, referring to problems with vendors and financial structuring, further explanations for the closure don’t look to be forthcoming. Nor does James go into details on her blog Nice Mommy, Evil Editor. She does, however, provide a post in reaction to the events of the last two days.
To say I’m sick, and sad, and shocked (and other “s” words you can think of that might be appropriate) and, yep, angry might be putting it a little mildly…
Publishing is a business, and like any other business, the chances we take and the choices we make aren’t always going to work out how we planned. Though I didn’t leap into the decision to join Quartet, and spent weeks negotiating with them, agonizing over my decision, long conversations with my husband, and working out contract details, it only shows that even the most carefully thought out decisions and plans can still crumble.
Though now officially unemployed, James’s statement includes positive words about the future of digital publishing, as well as her own going forward.