Before I got laid off from my last job, right toward the end, I was working hard on a book I had discovered and done some major shaping on. Now, many moons later, that book is out and doing really, really well.
On the one hand, everyone who sees the acknowledgments page will see my name, so it doesn’t really matter where I’m working. It’s still my baby.
On the other hand, all the hard and good work I did–and all the money made off of that work–didn’t save me my job. Now other people are (if only by default) taking credit for that success, and reaping its rewards.
A hard thing about an industry of artistic contracts and revolving doors.
But there will be other books. And I am so happy for the author. One always fears for one’s authors in situations like these, that they might get neglected or even dropped. I’m glad that in this one case, at least, everything kept rolling, and that the author’s hard work paid off.