Have you heard? Well now you have! If you haven’t a clue, let me recap since one biased version or another is slapped across a gazillion blogs or pages by now.
Recap: Jill Noelle Noble left Noble Romance Publishing. Reasons?
She had em.
Hell, we all have em. We have em when we start a job and we have them when we end one. Reasons at this point, really don’t matter. They are vague, as they should be, and probably wouldn’t make a bit of difference to those involved.
The fact is, she left and like any person in the Publishing world, she had her friends, her hero-worshippers, and she had, most unfortunately, her enemies.
Again, don’t we all.
I was not and am not an enemy. I do have two books with Noble, but most importantly, I was the Cover Artist for their Young Adult line. Now I know there is a lot of bad out there on the internet concerning her right now . . . every single one of those people saying it, have reasons . . . some are personal reasons, some are business related, some are valid, and some are just plain dysfunctional.
Me? I had a very good business relationship with Jill. I sent in my bill each month (if I remembered or made the deadline) and I received payment. Sometimes I didn’t charge for things and she stepped up and said, “Hey, you need too.” She even offered to pay for my internet because I have to pay for bandwidth, etc. thanks to them crooked Verizon people. lol
She never tormented me like many Employers do. I’ve worked for some real devils too.
She did have me move things around or change them on my Covers, but that’s normal as Noble had certain standards. She did encourage me to work with Authors (so they could get covers they felt proud of) and sometimes, a few rare times when Authors weren’t so nice, I really hated that rule, even though I respected it and her reasons.
Did she email me right back or was she slow to respond at times? Yes, and at times things became lost in the slush pile but I assumed that was normal because she was running a pretty hefty company. Plus, Authors who are with Traditional Publishers once told me it took way longer for those people to get back to them.
Did I know she was leaving?
No and I was very upset. I felt like the office party got busted up and the end was now just beneath my heels. That’s how we feel when the party turns the music off. That’s how we feel when someone shouts LAST CALL.
I was surprised Jill left Noble. While I didn’t know anything really about her personal life (no more than her Bio told), I did know she tried to do everything, and lost a lot of sleep. I knew she had a background in Publishing, and for this reason I respected and pretty much hungered for any advice she threw my way.
That being said, if we stood in the same spot forever, we’d never get anywhere. And sometimes, no matter how much we bring to the table, we can only bring but so much. The eating is done, and the best thing we can do for ourselves and everyone else, is to move on . . . grow a little bit more someplace else.
I think that’s what Jill has done. And I know there are many bad things being said about her right now. And there are a lot of people who will grab onto this situation, and go after her, even though they have nothing to do with this, or truly care about those who are affected.
Was she perfect? Good grief, no. Is anyone? Should we even have to ask that?
Jill Noble was only human and yes, she made mistakes. I never saw mistakes but she wasn’t Wonder Woman. That I am sure. The difference between her making mistakes in a small publishing house verses those who make them in big publishing houses . . . .in bigger ones–usually there are hundreds of people around to catch it and fix it before anyone else knows.
Should she had hired more people or tossed the chores around to others more? Who knows if she even could?
Who knows what was going on which brings us back to, why did Jill leave?
We don’t truly know. It would be hard to know unless we were in her shoes or was faced with her dreams or hopeful opportunities.
Do Authors have a right to be mad? People don’t get mad over night no more than people just decide to pack up and leave. Things lead to whatever explodes and then, suddenly something happens to trigger the explosion.
So, this article isn’t saying people don’t have a right because obviously, some do. Some just want to be free from a road they see as a dead end. Noble will have to clean all that up now. (Glad I just did Covers.)
At the end of the day though, some people have no right to be mad. I bring this up, so those who do have grievances can stay clear of the Misery Junkies out there. Misery Junkies run hate blogs, and want to rage about everything and everything. Misery Junkies don’t want to take responsibility for their own lives and want to blame the world for their troubles. These people can hit the lottery and win one million dollars but will still bitch and moan that it wasn’t three million. So I pray, we all avoid the Misery Junkies.
And keep in mind, that the problem with this situation is, you have to now sort out WHO has real issues and WHO doesn’t. And, which is very hard for me . . . let Jill go. The future for her and Noble is uncertain but one thing is for sure . . . there are a ton of talented Authors there, and a ton of loyal readers, and a ton of possibilities waiting to happen.
So save the pitch forks for a roll in the hay, or to fight off a lusty Were, or to chase the monster in law out of the house . . . and hopefully soon, all of this will just blow over. *sighs*
I wish Jill the best, and I wish the Authors who have true grievances, the best. Hell, I wish everyone the best. (Except those Misery Junkies. *shivers* Maybe I will send Wyntress Nyght out into the real world so that she can slay those things once and for all? Hmmmm….
aka C.H. Scarlett