I thought I worked
hard on the November 2003 issue of HM, but as it turns out . . . that
issue was a piece of cake, compared to this one! The November issue was
a lot of work, but things went smoothly. This issue hasn't.
On March 8th, I
posted the following on Prego:
Wanted: Editor in Chief for High Maintenance
Lisa L on
8/3/2004, 1:14 am
Requirements: Must have reasonably good writing skills.
Job Duties: Interviewing and writing articles on various members of
the doll community. Attempt to find really good "unknowns." Attempt
to publish articles about them BEFORE they become well known.
Coordinate with b###hy Art Director and "never in the same town two
days in a row" Copy Editor.
Hours: 24/7. 48/7 in the 2 weeks preceding publication. However, you
do get to pick which 24 hours of the day you want to start with!
Medical Insurance: None
Perks: Get to write Editor in Chief on your resume, get about 20
thank you emails after each issue is published,
get to watch all of your
competitors earn a lot of money after their articles are published.
Get to be happy that SOMEONE in the doll community is making money.
Get to hope that someday, you may make money too.
Inquiries should be sent to
I was just kidding around and blowing off steam, this issue has been
been filled with setbacks. My
copy editor, Maggie, had numerous health issues to deal with, which kept
me from even bothering to ask her to edit this issue.
Fortunately, after my Prego plea, I received an offer of help from
Cynthia Patton, a college English professor. She stepped up and offered
to edit this issue. Thanks, Cynthia! This was especially wonderful
because, in my total exhaustion, I had completely forgotten how to
punctuate. I wouldn't even have known this except for all the red marks
I got back on Cynthia's edited articles! I'm so grateful that Maggie
never got to see how awful my writing was. She would have been
disgusted with me and I would have lost all credibility with her!
Deb Simpson, my art
editor, is having major nerve damage problems with both of her hands and
wrists. We delayed this issue for a week to see if she would improve
enough to do the layout. She got worse. When it became clear that the
layout was going to be up to me, Deb told me, "Make sure everyone knows
that I didn't do the layout!" In other words, she didn't want anyone to
think the crummy layout job that I DID was her work!
One of my scheduled
artists had a family crisis that prevented
her from participating. Fortunately, at the last minute, Julie Agozino
was able to fill that open spot for me. She was so enthusiastic and
quick with her responses that I made her write me a last minute article
on how to photograph dolls!
My "find" for this
issue is Jan Kaufman. As you'll read in her interview, things did not
go smoothly for either of us in our preparation for publication. There
were several delays, resulting in this issue being out three weeks later
than I had scheduled it.
Am I stressed out?
NO! I'm exhausted. I'm way too tired to be stressed. Today, in the
Christian world, we celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead. Jesus may
have risen, but I haven't yet. Give me a week!
Lisa A. Lawrence
Editor in Chief