Checking in on LinkedIn I discovered posted in one of the groups I partake in a link to a lovely set of "24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing." I just had to share this. Whether one works in the publishing industry or one merely enjoys the products thereof, this is a good reminder of how things are.
I also have finally been the recipient of a letter (at least, this is the first from this network regarding this subject) that I'm not completely sure what to make of it. I guess I had better state publicly and for the record that I most certainly am not looking for anyone new in my love life. Thank you. Friends are ok, but I have enough on my plate. Have a partner already, thank you. I have a close confidante already too that hears the stuff my partner doesn't get dumped on him. Thank you again.
I am fairly certain that at some point everyone on LinkedIn gets sounded out about their relationship status. I am of two minds as to whether or not a space for "already taken," "not looking," and similar would be a useful thing on profiles for what is supposed to be a professional networking website. After all it could unfairly bias possible future employers against someone that is married or has children. On the other hand I suppose it could be good if one is looking for someone with family values to invite into their company, although again that brings up the issue of bias.
In other news I am keeping my eyes and ears open for good freelance editors to add to my list of those to contact on projects that need a set of eyes that is not my own (such as for my own works, or when I am too slammed due to various events and need help catching back up on the work pile). Interested parties can contact me through linked in with their rates and preferred genres. I don't guarantee work right off the bat, but am instead working on a list of those that I can contact when needed and whom I can also suggest to others.