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Old December 7 2008, 05:40 PM   #151
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

^ The 4400 license was for four books. Sales will determine anything beyond that. The arrangement is typical of how such licenses work these days.

I can't speak for Margaret and Co., but I imagine it's possible that they could turn to more experienced folk with editing backgrounds for some freelance editorial duties. Keith (for example) has already performed at least some of those tasks on numerous occasions.

I also can't speak for other author-folks, but I imagine we're all trying to figure out how we can help. Dave Mack and I have already had one extensive conversation on how best to assist Margaret with Vanguard during the transition, particularly as Open Secrets is in production and going through revisions, and Dave's Book 5 is at outline stage. I expect we'll have other such discussions in the near future. Fortunately, Marco had already delivered his editorial notes to me prior to the events of last week.

As for the rest? I guess we'll see what we'll see.
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Old December 7 2008, 06:10 PM   #152
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Was he both laid off and escorted out the door in the same day? That royally sucks.
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Old December 7 2008, 08:06 PM   #153
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ANyone heard from Marco to see how he is holding up?
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Old December 7 2008, 08:40 PM   #154
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Hi, everybody. Sorry to be late for my own shiva.

Iíve been spending the last few days enjoying quality time with my family, but a few well-wishers Iíve spoken with since my last day at Pocket told me about the comments being offered here and elsewhere online, and I just wanted to pop in and let you all know how much I appreciate the incredibly generous sentiments being expressed. Really, itís very touching, and even a little overwhelming.

As Iíve already communicated to my authors, I'm taking these developments in stride, and staying upbeat. Lifeís too short to do otherwise, and I hope to land on my feet as soon as possible.

I had a great job. It was work, but it was also play, and I tried to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that had been given to me, even on the days when I was banging my head on the desk. The friends I made, especially my authors and the great folks I leave behind at Pocket, allowed me to have more fun than I ever imagined would be possible as an editor. Iíll always take pride in the work we did together, and grateful for the camaraderie that came with it. Even against the uncertainty that lies ahead, more than anything I feel truly blessed because of those connections.

So hereís to you, mates.

Now get back to work.
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Old December 7 2008, 09:02 PM   #155
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Marco Palmieri wrote: View Post
Hi, everybody. Sorry to be late for my own shiva.

Iíve been spending the last few days enjoying quality time with my family, but a few well-wishers Iíve spoken with since my last day at Pocket told me about the comments being offered here and elsewhere online, and I just wanted to pop in and let you all know how much I appreciate the incredibly generous sentiments being expressed. Really, itís very touching, and even a little overwhelming.

As Iíve already communicated to my authors, I'm taking these developments in stride, and staying upbeat. Lifeís too short to do otherwise, and I hope to land on my feet as soon as possible.

I had a great job. It was work, but it was also play, and I tried to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that had been given to me, even on the days when I was banging my head on the desk. The friends I made, especially my authors and the great folks I leave behind at Pocket, allowed me to have more fun than I ever imagined would be possible as an editor. Iíll always take pride in the work we did together, and grateful for the camaraderie that came with it. Even against the uncertainty that lies ahead, more than anything I feel truly blessed because of those connections.

So hereís to you, mates.

Now get back to work.
Glad to hear it, Marco! I hope you land on your feet soon and I'm sending good vibes your way!
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Old December 7 2008, 09:25 PM   #156
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Marco Palmieri wrote: View Post
Hi, everybody. Sorry to be late for my own shiva.

Iíve been spending the last few days enjoying quality time with my family, but a few well-wishers Iíve spoken with since my last day at Pocket told me about the comments being offered here and elsewhere online, and I just wanted to pop in and let you all know how much I appreciate the incredibly generous sentiments being expressed. Really, itís very touching, and even a little overwhelming.

As Iíve already communicated to my authors, I'm taking these developments in stride, and staying upbeat. Lifeís too short to do otherwise, and I hope to land on my feet as soon as possible.

I had a great job. It was work, but it was also play, and I tried to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that had been given to me, even on the days when I was banging my head on the desk. The friends I made, especially my authors and the great folks I leave behind at Pocket, allowed me to have more fun than I ever imagined would be possible as an editor. Iíll always take pride in the work we did together, and grateful for the camaraderie that came with it. Even against the uncertainty that lies ahead, more than anything I feel truly blessed because of those connections.

So hereís to you, mates.

Now get back to work.
Totally classy and wonderful sentiments. Thank you for everything you've done for Trek, Marco.
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Old December 7 2008, 09:51 PM   #157
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Good to hear from you, Marco. Hope you find a new and improved gig real soon, and that we'll be seeing you at sf conventions and such for years to come.

Shore Leave's not going to be the same without you . . . .
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Old December 7 2008, 09:53 PM   #158
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Glad to hear from you Marco, and I'd like to echo the good wishes on your job search.
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Old December 7 2008, 10:05 PM   #159
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

Marco, I wondered when you were going to pop in and say hi. Enjoy Christmas with the family and be sure to join in the conversations still. Don't go too far.
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Old December 7 2008, 11:22 PM   #160
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Marco Palmieri wrote: View Post
Hi, everybody. Sorry to be late for my own shiva.
It's a shiva, yet the man can still talk to us!

That must mean...

THEY SAVED MARCO'S BRAIN!!!
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Old December 8 2008, 12:29 AM   #161
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Marco Palmieri wrote: View Post
Hi, everybody. Sorry to be late for my own shiva.
It's a shiva, yet the man can still talk to us!

That must mean...

THEY SAVED MARCO'S BRAIN!!!
Margaret is going to go into convulsion if we pitch that as a novel, you realize.
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Old December 8 2008, 12:35 AM   #162
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McCoy: Jim, where are you going to look in this whole galaxy? Where are you going to look for Marco's brain? How are you going to find it?

Kirk: I'll find it. See? It's right here, in the bottom drawer of his desk, along with some back issues of Hustler and a corn beef sandwich he ordered from the cafeteria last year.

McCoy: It doesn't matter. I can't restore it. I don't have the medical technique!

Kirk: It was taken out. It can be put back in.

McCoy: Wait...his brain, or the sandwich?

Kirk: Um....would anyone know the difference?





(Marco, you know I only do this kinda thing because I love ya. )
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Old December 8 2008, 02:00 AM   #163
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Kirk: "We'll have to take him with us."

McCoy: "Take... Take him where?"

Kirk: "In search of his brain, doctor."
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Old December 8 2008, 05:49 AM   #164
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Double the sentiments that Marco Palmieri has been classy; thanks for the hard work in the ST literatures, and best wishes for the future!
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Old December 8 2008, 07:15 AM   #165
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I miss Marco as much as the next hopeful writer . . . but that picture is creeping me the hell out.

Thanks, Ward, for adding to my nightmares.

I'll think of you whenever I sit up in the middle of the night screaming.
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