January 15th, 2008

The Big News (part 1)

I can't tell you everything that happened this week, but I can tell you this:

Today I gave notice at my day job. My last day is Feb. 1. I have worked as a writer for Kaiser Permanente for nearly 18 years - longer than my YA readers have been alive.

I have worked for someone else since I was 16. For the last 20 years or so, my day job has involved writing. That part was good. But trying to balance that with my family and my personal writing and the occasional run was very hard. When I got pneumonia or when I lived through the third or fourth restructure, it was nearly impossible. But now, all that's changing.

WOW.

This is a big step, but the right things are happening, publishing-wise, for me to finally be able to do it. If it ends up not working out, I can always go back to writing for a company, but for now, I'm looking forward to writing for myself.

[Full disclosure: I looked back at what LJer Rachel Caine said when she left her day job earlier this month as a model]



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Titles are vital

The standard industry joke used to be the most commercial title would include the words doctor, dog, and Lincoln. So obviously someone must write Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog.

In 2000, the Boston Globe suggested that year’s bestseller would be Golf Your Way to Fat-Free Fitness the Feng Shui Way with Harry Potter’s Cat.

It’s true that people DO judge a book by its title and cover art.



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