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my editor has been fired
Marco Palmieri, who was my editor on 11 of my novels, three of my novelizations, two of my novellas, and four of my short stories, was laid off yesterday. It was part of a general bloodletting at Simon & Schuster, which canned 35 employees at the direction of their corporate masters.

Marco was responsible for the majority of the Star Trek fiction published over the past several years -- of the books published from 2005 through to what's scheduled to the end of 2009, Marco edited 65% of them -- and he also edited most of Pocket's novels based on videogames, including Resident Evil and the three Blizzard Games licenses (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo).

Margaret Clark, who edited 40% of that same range of Trek fiction (four of the books were jointly edited by Margaret and Marco), will be taking over that line, and his other projects will be divvied among those who remain behind.

To add insult to injury, Marco is married with two boys. And he just got laid off out of the blue three weeks before Christmas. Nice.

I can also say that some of my best work has been under Marco's tutelage, in particular The Art of the Impossible, Articles of the Federation, and the forthcoming A Singular Destiny.

His presence at Pocket Books will be missed.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: "You Took My Breath Away" by the Traveling Wilburys

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isis_lives From: isis_lives Date: December 5th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)


skywaterblue From: skywaterblue Date: December 5th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a bummer, to be sure.
meggins From: meggins Date: December 5th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
This must be the shitty news you refered to in an earlier post, and it is, indeed, shitty. *deep sigh*
yendi From: yendi Date: December 5th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

That truly sucks.
From: dewline Date: December 5th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I was sorry to see the news elsewhere on LJ earlier in the day, and I'm still sorry that it happened.

I hope to see Marco land on his feet and sooner than later.
neadods From: neadods Date: December 5th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, damn. He was always a good friend to Shore Leave.
samanthadelayed From: samanthadelayed Date: December 5th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
That blows!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
just goes to prove that every industry has been affected during this downturn
katie_9918 From: katie_9918 Date: December 5th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm exceedingly displeased to hear this news.

And even more displeased to hear the manner in which Pocket Books has conducted itself in this course of action.

Tell Marco we're all thinking of him and sending bad karma to whatever pinhead made the decision to handle it this way.
penmage From: penmage Date: December 5th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
What did Pocket do wrong, exactly?
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esc_key From: esc_key Date: December 5th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Very sorry for Marco and his family, and everyone else who was laid off on Black Wednesday.
From: scifantasy Date: December 5th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap!

That blows. Sympathies to Marco and family.
sixthbrightest From: sixthbrightest Date: December 5th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! From all you and others have said about him it's clear that he had a huge influence on Trek fiction, and it's awful to hear about this.
From: julioangelortiz Date: December 5th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
No two ways about it: bad move on S&S's part. This totally sucks. The books under Marco's care were awesome.
jernyc From: jernyc Date: December 5th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry to hear this. I've considered ALL of the people who contribute to Trek Literature just as important (if not more so) to the overall feel of the Trek universe as the film and television writers. I wish Marco all the best and hope that we see (or read) his work in our playground again at some time. Thanks Marco...
gemsweater From: gemsweater Date: December 5th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
This is effed up. Not cool at all.

The books he guided were the reason I started reading Trek lit in the first place.

There are certain Trek authors whose style I cannot abide; none of those writers are typically edited by Marco.

I know that all you writers will keep on doing what you do well, but... ugh.

And this is all me thinking about me and not even considering the fact that he's just a guy with a family and now, no job!
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