Turn, Turn, Turn, Etc.

I think we all knew my life was going waaaaaaay too well this year and was due for a karmic correction. Well that correction came in the form of my imprint being shut down and me being out of a job. If I had written this a few days ago it would have been a depressing/angry screed about my lack of faith in anything and my absolute pessimism for the future of publishing, so it’s probably good I held off until I had a few days to cool off. I’m still bummed and depressed about the whole thing, but I’m also ready to move on. And that means I’m back on the freelance market.

As we have a new baby on the way and I’m as close to a stay-at-home parent as we have in this family, the flexibility of freelancing will work out really well. Also, I’ll be able to edit across a wide spectrum of genres which is pretty cool. To that end I have created a separate website dedicated just to my editing services at editing.bryonquertermous.com as well as investing in enterprise level email so I’m sure not to miss any inquiries.

So my shingle is back out, go tell the world.

59 thoughts on “Turn, Turn, Turn, Etc.

  1. This really sucks. I have to say, after following your career for, what – 10 years? – you never seemed as comfortable as you were at Exhibit A. I hope some good fortune comes your way soon.

  2. This may sound corny, but I’ve found it to be true. Talent such as your and hard work will always find a way to the top. This makes you available for a better opportunity you might not have looked for otherwise. Best of luck.

  3. Love from the Eubank fam. If there is one unbelievably lucky SOB on the planet, it is you – that means this is just an icky and questionable rest stop on the road to something better.

  4. What Shannon said. I got laid off 12 years ago, and while it was rough, in the end everything worked out great. Hug your kids, kiss your wife, and everything will be okay.

  5. I’m sorry, Bryon. If it means anything, I felt (and said often to the RH sales team) that Angry Robot / Exhibit A had some of the best new talent out there, along with thoughtful packaging and marketing for each series. And, our orders were substantial. Best of luck!!!

  6. Bryon, you did a great job wrangling what would have been a fantastic 2015 lineup for Exhibit A or any crime publisher. Thick with talent. It’s a shame that Osprey didn’t give these lines time to build their faith in fiction publishing and not decide to cut and sell what they can.

    Keep your head up. You did good.

  7. Surely wasn’t for lack of effort or talent on your part. It’s staggering to me the quality of things that were on deck…now in limbo. Good thoughts for you, and I’ll be sure to refer anyone to you I can. Hang tough!

  8. As I said to Patti Abbott, this news bites the moose. And as I also said to her, Keep on truckin’. You have too much ability to let this get you down.

  9. A kick-ass editor, writer, and gentleman such as yourself won’t go looking for long. Your enthusiasm for Exhibit A was infectious, and I have no doubt this is just a prelude to something even better.

  10. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, Bryon. I am sorry this came at such a bad time, but I too believe better is not far around the corner. Hang in there.

  11. I wish I had something more profound to say, Bryon. But I wish you and your family the best. I’m certain you’ll rebound from this, and quickly.

  12. Man, I’m really sorry to hear the bad news. You don’t need advice from me, but I’ll keep a good thought for you in hopes that whatever comes next is better by far…

  13. Maybe this isn’t apropos, Bryon, but if I can do ANYTHING for you and your authors, please let me know. Hugs, Deni – Senior Editor of Five Star Mysteries (a division of Gale/Cengage/Thorndike/Wheeler).

  14. I’m sorry to hear about the bad news with Exhibit A. Wishing you the best of luck, Bryon, and hoping everything will take a turn for the better as soon as possible. Hang in there!

  15. Man, this is bullshit!! I know how much you dug that gig & I was really looking forward to your new acquisitions. So sorry this happened. Again: fucking bullshit. Hang in there, bra. Something good will come out of this, you’ll see.

  16. Bryon,

    Hang in there, soldier. Something a drill sergeant once taught me, like most things learned from a D.I. is the unadulterated straight shit. N o matter how bad things are, they can always get worse. Sounds like a platitude, but when you examine the bounty in your life, and the fabulous people you’ve surrounded yourself with, the appreciation trumps the lousy stuff every time.

    All we are is where we’ve been. It’s bad times that forge badasses. Believe me, I’ve been there. You’ve got good things ahead; and when they come, which they will, they’ll be all the sweeter for the contrast of what you’ve just experienced.

    Keep your powder dry, and my best to your family,

    Sean Lynch
    (Formerly of the Posse of Literary Thugs)

  17. May need your critiquing services one of these days! I’m finishing the big novel this summer and I’ll need unbiased opinions on how various parts of it work.

    Anyway, hang in there. You seem to do a good job of landing on your feet. Clearly you are talented.

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