Monday, January 25, 2010

Leave of Absence

I've written this post in my head more than a dozen times in the past few days, but that isn't making it any easier.

I've decided to take a leave of absence from Book By Book. This was a very difficult decision for me to make because I really enjoy this blog and the connections I've made with other book lovers here. I've been struggling the past few months with a prolonged flare-up of my chronic illness. At the same time, 2009 was a terrible year for freelance writers, with lots of magazines cutting back or even folding all together.

In taking a hard look at my goals for 2010, I've finally admitted that I'm overloaded right now, and I need to focus on two things: my health and my freelance writing. As much as I've enjoyed writing this blog, it has grown more than I expected and is not only time-consuming but is also non-paid writing.

I don't plan to disappear, though! I will still visit other book blogs, to satisfy my love of interacting with other book lovers and sharing what I've read. And I will still occasionally post a review or other bit of book news here - I just need to eliminate the daily commitment for the short term. I also plan to maintain my other book blog, Great Books for Kids and Teens, because that does fit in closely with one of my paid writing jobs. I hope to be able to resume Book By Book at some point in the future.

Thanks to all of my readers for your wonderful support and friendship. This isn't good-bye but just...See You Later!


  1. Sue, I'm so sorry to hear that! But it's important to listen to your intuition, so I respect your decision. Hope you'll be back soon.


  2. Oh Sue, I'm sure this was a difficult decision to make. I'm really going to miss you, but you need to do what's best for you. I'll look forward to your new posts and hope that I will see you sometime on my blog. Take care, my friend.

  3. Good luck Sue. You will be missed but no one knows better than you as to what is best fore you (not us).

  4. Take it easy and take care. I can certainly understand your decision. I"m glad to hear you'll be around commenting here and there- I hope I see you on my blog sometime. :-)

  5. Sue - you will be missed! I will be watching for your return. Take care of you! :)

  6. You are wise to make the decision you did, even though we will miss you. I hope to still see you around!
    *smiles and hugs*

  7. See you later! Good luck.