Canceled: My Short Stint as Executive Editor Comes to an End

by Lou on September 13, 2005

About a month ago I was also asked to serve as guest executive editor of Poker Pro Magazine. My goal was to keep the magazine content rich, organized and to encourage as much good journalism as possible. Whether or not this “guest” stint would develop into anything permanent was an open question; it was a one-issue assignment and I loved it.

But Poker Pro’s ownership decided they wanted someone on board full-time, 40 – 60 hours per week, and my deal was predicasted on working half-time for them. So things didn’t work out the way I hoped, and they will seek a full-time editor and although I will continue to write for them, I will not have any further editorial duties.

That’s too bad for me. I would have loved to stay on as Executive Editor on a permanent, part-time basis and I think I could have done a bang-up job for them under those conditions. But it’s their call, not mine, and they’ve got to make decisions they’re comfortable with — even if it’s not the same decision I would have made.

I accomplised a lot in one issue. Most notable was bringing a spate of talented writers on board, including: Dr. Arthur Reber (my coauthor on Gambling For Dummies), Kathy Watterson (who wrote Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games with me), Mark Tenner (my coauthor on Winning Omaha/8 Poker), Dave Scharf (founder and former publisher of Canadian Poker Player), Amy Calistri, and Barbara Conners. This team will keep the magazine content rich, readable, and entertaining.

I’ll be there too, writing an article on poker strategy each month. But I must admit, now that I have a short editing stint under my belt, it’s somethin g I’d love to do again, though not on a full-time, 40+ hours a week basis.

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