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Black Room Publications

August 1st is my personal New Year's Day. Has been since I moved to Washington. Something big and life changing always seems to happen to me around August. So, I've just embraced the 1st as my New Year's Day and the month of August as a month of change. This year is no exception.

I've accepted the position of managing editor of Black Room Publications. This is the special projects division of the award winning Apex Publications company. What does this entail? An awful lot. What does it entail in specific? I don't know. I do know that after all of the congratulations comes the hard work. Black Room Publications is mine and I'm responsible for it all. From the acquisitions of new projects to seeing through the projects already under contract to marketing to slush.

Obviously, I can't do this alone. And I won't. I just don't know who is doing what yet.

I do know I've been moving towards this for a while. I've been with Apex Publications for 2.5 years. First as a slush reader. Then as an assistant editor (read: editing and other duties as assigned). Now this. This is what I needed to continue to grow. I get to learn a lot more about the business side of things: the budget, unit pricing, marketing costs, and other such painful, real details that all small press companies deal with.

What will Black Room publish? Well, I've got some ideas on that but I still have to run them by the head honcho. So, for now, I'm going to finish out the current contracts. In a way, Black Room Publications is stepping in for Apex Publications while Apex Publications works on leveling up with its national distributions.

For right now, I'm not accepting submissions. The website is just a splash page until I'm able to digest more of this huge piece of pie I've been given. I do know I'm excited beyond all believe and just a tiny bit intimidated. I can't wait to see what is going to come of it. It will be awesome and terrifying and that's exactly what I want.

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marlowe1
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations.
joycemocha
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Best wishes and I look forward to seeing what you are going to do with this opportunity.
torreybird
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome, terrifying and desired: that's the best definition I've heard of for "fantastic opportunity." Congratulations!
bravado111
Aug. 1st, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Can't wait to hear how this evolves. I'm sure you'll have a grand time.
kehrli
Aug. 1st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm just going to think of it as Apex's X-files division, and imagine you're hanging out with Fox Mulder looking for aliens.
jennifer_brozek
Aug. 2nd, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I adore you.
kvtaylor
Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I can think of very little more exciting than this. A whole artistic direction, a vision, something bigger than just one person. It's totally awesome and terrifying. Yay!
deire
Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
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