A second chance is a rare and precious thing. It’s an act of compassion. It’s a leap of faith. It’s the choice one person makes to raise up another.
This was David Hartwell’s gift to me.
Once upon what seems like another lifetime, I was 46 years old and struggling to pay my bills as a freelance editor, twenty-eight months after I was laid off from Simon & Schuster during the economic crash of 2008. Other houses followed soon after, eliminating jobs by the dozens. Senior editorial positions became scarce, and despite my relative success transitioning to freelance life, it began to feel as if my career was in a death spiral.
It was David who threw me a lifeline.