Supposedly publishing takes a holiday break from Christmas to the New Year. I will, in fact, be out of the office from the 24th to the 2nd, but that doesn’t mean work has ceased. Currently I am still reading the manuscripts from the Fall 2015 list, writing/editing back cover copy for the Fall 2015 book, reading submissions to fill the Winter 2016 catalog, and doing the other things that fill up an acquiring editor’s day. Those random things include approving cover routings, talking to sales and marketing about advertising, opening and sharing Christmas presents from my authors, reading my tarot cards, and searching for dinner recipes/ideas.
What makes it so hard to get actual work done over the holidays? Perhaps it’s all the chocolate and sugar coursing through my system. It could also be the excitement seeping in – parties, presents, and good food. Last week we had our Yule party at Llewellyn/Midnight Ink/Flux, which was a lot of fun. There is also holiday planning - what will be on the menu, planning travel days, and sending instructions to Santa so he knows to deliver our presents to Wisconsin. I think the holidays bring out the kid in all of us.
Whatever your holiday is – be is Christmas, Chanukah, or none – I hope you enjoy a few days off surrounded by those you love. And I am going to steal an idea from another blog. On that blog the authors are telling about their best and worst book related events. I am going to do my best and worst Xmas presents.
This is a challenge, for sure. For worst, I think it’s that my sister kept giving me soap for Xmas. Finally, after several years, I said to her, no more soap this year. She seemed kind of surprised and said, “well, I didn’t know what to get you and I asked mom and she said soap.” I laughed and now state very specifically what I want! And soap is never on the list.
I don’t know that I can pick a best. I live about four and a half hours from my family, so for me, every Christmas is magical. My boys and I spend a week at home and it’s always perfect in its imperfection. I know that I am getting a red Wisconsin Badgers zip up hoodie and the Patricia Highsmith books that I don’t have in my collection currently. And I have received a bunch of goodies from my authors. Basically, I have shifted from ooohing and aaahing over things – instead I appreciate that my friends and family took the time out of their day and thought about me. It takes time and care. That is what I love most. Here is a pic of some of the cool stuff I have gotten:
Pretty awesome, huh? All stuff that is perfectly me.
What about you? Best and worst holiday gifts - go!! And happy holidays all!