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Editors Lost and Found

By On Jan 28 2010, 4:00 am

This month brought me sad news: my editor, Deborah Nemeth, left Samhain Publishing. She accepted a marvelous opportunity to work for another publishing house.

I am excited for her, but of course, a little sad for me.

Deborah was the first editor who said “Yes!” to me and then said “Yes!”again. She taught me how to dig deeper to get to the emotional core of my stories. Through the rewrites (and there were many, trust me), Deb reminded me exactly why she bought my books in the first place—because she loved them. I learned to get my authorself out of the way in order to stretch and improve my writing. We became the Deb and Kimberley team—two professionals passionate about making stories come alive.

What happens now?

I am thrilled to say that I have a new editor—the super fabulous Lindsey Faber. (Plug your ears, I’m going to squeal here) I met Lindsey at the RWA Nationals conference in San Francisco and loved her. She is an energetic, enthusiastic, hardworking editor. The best part? She loves my books too. I can’t wait to see how my new stories will take shape and breathe in Lindsey’s hands. We’ll become a great Lindsey and Kimberley team. I just know it.

So I’m a little sad, but I’m excited for me too. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2010 at Samhain.

Have you ever “lost” and editor and “found” a new one?

Kimberley Troutte
Samhain Author Page
My Website


8 Responses to “Editors Lost and Found”

  1. I have lost an editor at another publisher. It was a very different experience from yours. I enjoyed the week or so that I worked with her on each project, but the editor had been assigned to me after the acquisitions director contracted me.

    She was just there. No stake in me at all really.

    With Samhain, it is a thrilling experience to have an editor personally pick you up and take you under their wing because they chose you, they enjoy your work, and want to make you the best you can be while forming a long term relationship.

    So, losing an editor was a sad experience, but now that I’ve found Sasha, I would be heartbroken if I lost her.

    hugs for you and your new editor. I hope you enjoy a long and happy partnership. :)

  2. Hailey,
    thanks for posting!
    I agree with you 100%.
    I do feel blessed being a Samhain author, I really do.
    Best to you!

  3. January Rowe says:


    Deb used to tell me to “Layer on more emotion” in her edits, so here it comes!

    I thought Deb was a wonderful editor, too. Demanding, yet open-minded. She had so much trust in me. Given the intense sort of kink erotica I write, her faith was critical.

    So I’m really sad about Deb leaving. Especially since my first novella with Samhain won’t be released for another few weeks. I was hoping Deb and I could have a virtual toast to celebrate our book coming out.

    Deb’s departure also scares me. What if my new editor thinks I’m too perverted, and I have to go back to writing tamer stuff?


  4. January,

    It is a scary thing to have a new editor, kind of like dating all over again (shudder).

    I had the same sort of thoughts, will my new editor like me? Will we connect in an amazing way? Will she enjoy my genre-bending stories? (I like to cover all my bases by writing paranormal/suspense/historicals with humor.) Will she love them?

    I wish you the best with your new novella and your new editor.


  5. Deborah Nemeth says:

    Thanks for the kind words. When an author has a positive attitude such as you do, the new relationship is likely to have a positive outcome. I wish you much success!

  6. Thank you, Deb!

    For everything. I’ll miss you.


  7. My editor used to be Angela James, and she was my very first editor too. We’d worked together for almost two years when she left Samhain. I was scared, because my writing can be considered a little outside the norm. I was worried that my new editor would look at my work and go, “Meh. Maybe not.”

    It turns out I worried over nothing. I got Laurie (or should I say she got saddled with me!) and we’re about to start work on our first project together. She’s been there for me when I had questions or needed help, so all of my fears are laid to rest.

    I think we’ll do just fine. :D

  8. Dana Marie,

    thank you for the encouragement.

    I am glad to hear that we all seem to have the same fears and that yours were so beautifully put to rest.

    Best to you on what is sure to be your first of many projects with Laurie.


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