I have been avoiding posting anything because I knew I needed to write this post first. I knew that if I didn’t write it first it would just linger in the background and never get written. So I have been waiting, and dreading writing this, and every day it gets worse and harder to write.
If you listened to last week’s Galley Table (which you really should because it was really good, and featured Scott Sigler and Abigail Hilton (warning some adult language)) you already know this but if not here it is.
About a month ago, I decided that I was going to leave Flying Island Press. I have a lot of reasons but the biggest one was that I need to spend more time with my family. With all of the other projects that I have going on, I needed to let something go. I have worked with Flying Island Press since the beginning. Since it was an idea in an e-mail. For those of you keeping up, that is even before it was a discussion on Google Wave. For a while I even hosted the site on my own servers. I really, really enjoyed working for them. I loved building the company. I really liked working with the people there and I loved the idea of what we were trying to do. But for a while now it felt like I was torn between doing what needed to be done at Flying Island Press and doing what I needed to do for my family. When you are torn like that you can’t do either one of them right, and of course when It came down to it, family wins.
So it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Flying Island Press. The new Managing Editor, Philip Carroll, is a great man and has been a friend of mine for a long time. I know he will do great things with it. I wish him and the rest of the crew the best of luck in the future. I hope that they can continue to take fiction where we all want to go.