For the Love of Books: How to Give Thanks When You’ve Burned Out

Even though this post is about burnout in editing and publishing, I found that as a teacher, I could relate. I do love my job. I love the written word and I love helping learn how to better use to express themselves and make themselves hear, and it is important to be thankful I get the opportunity to do that when I am buried under a mountain of papers, emails, and students who don’t always want to be in class.

Thank fully, unlike editors, I get a month off between fall and spring semesters to recoup and start fresh. Of course, right now, I’m counting down the days til that break…

Editor Says

With Thanksgiving only days away, I’ve been thinking about what I’m most thankful for when it comes to my professional life. I have some awesome coworkers, a list of super talented authors, and I get to work on books every day. So in some ways, that list of “thankful” items is a mile long.

But as everyone in the book business knows, ours is an industry of exhilarating highs and devastating lows. It’s an industry of two steps forward and one step back. It’s an industry where every yes seems to come with a no.

The reality is, publishing is not for the faint of heart. The success of any book is based on the ability to merge business with art, consumerism with creativity. It’s a difficult balance to strike. On top of that, rejection follows us at every stage of the publishing process. Authors are rejected by agents. Agents…

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