I've been promoted to Editor at Realms of Fantasy. :)
Needless to say, I'm thrilled. I'm sure this news also raises a question or two, so let me do my best to answer them now. I will still be handling all of my old duties with the magazine. In addition, I am taking on the managing editor duties. So everything I will now be doing is getting lumped under the title of Editor. It will be my lone title appearing in the masthead.
Now, I have shared this news privately with a few people already. One of the first questions I was asked was whether this meant I was replacing Shawna. To that I say no. Emphatically no. Shawna is the heart and soul of this magazine. She had a hand in its creation and is the only person who is left from the first issue. I could never replace her. Shawna remains the Fiction Editor, which is her current listing in the masthead. She maintains complete control of the fiction department. When it comes to this department, it will be as it has for almost five years: I'm her tireless assistant editor, trying to find slush survivors for the magazine, handling queries, etc. What she says goes.
So, with all of that out of the way ...woo hoo! Big big thanks to Warren for having so much faith in me. Words can't express my appreciation. We haven't even known each other a year, but after the billions of emails we've swapped I feel like I've known you a lot longer. Thanks for saving the magazine. Thanks for bringing me back. Thanks for throwing extra duties my way early on. Thanks for the countless bits of advice and for always making yourself available. In short, thank you thank you thank you, boss!
Also, I would be remiss without thanking Shawna. She was the one who hired me as Assistant Editor back on May 10th, 2005. Over the years she has encouraged me, taught me, recommended me, and demonstrated to me her many levels of awesome. Warren would not have been able to offer me this position if she hadn't taken me on to begin with. So big thank you thank thank yous to Shawna as well.
And to finish ...um, wow.