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Alessandra Kelley
05-09-2011, 04:55 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/books/robert-loomis-book-editor-retiring-from-random-house.html

Thoughts?

gothicangel
05-09-2011, 09:14 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/books/robert-loomis-book-editor-retiring-from-random-house.html

Thoughts?

At 85? I'm not surprised.

Soccer Mom
05-09-2011, 09:19 PM
I'm sure they've been planning to make a smooth transition.

Alessandra Kelley
05-20-2011, 12:49 AM
Gosh, this story was way less relevant than I thought.

Robert Loomis was a major editor at Random House for over 50 years, nurturing all kinds of modern authors. Now he's retiring. Is this of any interest to people here?

Soccer Mom
05-20-2011, 12:59 AM
The Botox on an 8yo thread has something like seven or eight pages but the retirement of a legend sparked a meh.

Yes, that says something about us.

Jamesaritchie
05-20-2011, 03:54 AM
Gosh, this story was way less relevant than I thought.

Robert Loomis was a major editor at Random House for over 50 years, nurturing all kinds of modern authors. Now he's retiring. Is this of any interest to people here?

Only to the writers.

Alessandra Kelley
05-20-2011, 04:04 AM
Only to the writers.

I am very sorry. I know I'm not a writer -- never claimed to be one -- but I did think this an interesting story and hoped people here might be interested.

Stacia Kane
05-20-2011, 04:12 AM
Wow. End of an era, indeed.

melodyclark
05-20-2011, 04:41 AM
Loomis has a number of carefully nurtured ducklings to take over.

gothicangel
05-20-2011, 09:18 AM
Gosh, this story was way less relevant than I thought.

Robert Loomis was a major editor at Random House for over 50 years, nurturing all kinds of modern authors. Now he's retiring. Is this of any interest to people here?

I think because we are in an industry that can change any moment - agents/editors move houses, poor sales can leave us agentless, or our editors retire/die - we realise that we need to be flexible in our outlook.

I'm sure he'll be a loss to RH. But I'm sure he's at a age where he would like a rest to enjoy the rest of his life. It would be great to see him write his memoirs though.

Alessandra Kelley
05-20-2011, 07:51 PM
It would be great to see him write his memoirs though.

That's a thought. I loved reading Jason Epstein's Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future ten years ago. It would be really interesting to see what Mr. Loomis has to say today.