It wouldn't happen to Anna

Not so much an editor's diary, as the fluff and crumbs and screwed up receipts from the bottom of her bag

New life, new desk, new cat kami.

So, I have a little bit of news…

OK, a BIG bit of news. ENORMOUS. After six fabulous years on Red, I have taken a leap into writing, consulting – and most excitingly – working up my own launch idea. Exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Here’s the internal announcement.

Sx

October 29, 2012
 
Dear All
 
I’m writing to let you know that Sam Baker, Editor-in-chief of Red Magazine, has sadly informed me of her decision to resign after six years at the helm. Sam joined Red as Editor in December 2006 and has been the driving force behind the magazine’s transformation into the leading luxury lifestyle brand that it is today.
 
Sam began her career as a writer in weeklies, and worked her way up to become Editor of Just Seventeen, re-launching it as J-17, moving to edit Company and then Cosmopolitan, before taking the helm at Red. (She worked with Ian Birch on the very first launch dummies of Red in 1996).
 
With a new novel to write for HarperCollins, requests for consultancy and a potential start up to plan, Sam has decided now is the right time for her to step down from Red. I’d like to thank her for the passion, dedication and enthusiasm she has shown in her role as Editor-in-chief of Red. I know she will be greatly missed, not just by her own team but also by many others at Hearst as well.
 
Sam will step down in the New Year. Please join me in wishing her the very best for the future and good luck with her next novel and new ventures.  We will be recruiting a replacement Editor for Red in due course.
 
Anna Jones, COO, Hearst Magazines UK
This sums up today nicely. 

This sums up today nicely. 

My life in numbers: 364.The number of pages in the December issue, which is not finished and goes to press today.

My life in numbers: 364.


The number of pages in the December issue, which is not finished and goes to press today.
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #40Backlog. That’s it.

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #40


Backlog. That’s it.
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #39My Mary Poppins bag. I feel I need to pay homage to my trusty Smythson Eliot - and not just because it was a present (which it was. I am very spoilt). It literally holds all and a bit more besides.Contents over the past month have included: Papers, magazines, iPad, iPhone, blackberry, kindle, real books, wallet, Clinique Almost Lipstick in black honey, Clinique Chubby Stick, pens nicked from various hotels, two pairs of sunglasses, umbrella, oyster card, train ticket, business cards (who knows why,? I never use them), ibuprofen, receipt holder, endless chargers…See? There are no limits to its capacity.

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #39


My Mary Poppins bag. 

I feel I need to pay homage to my trusty Smythson Eliot - and not just because it was a present (which it was. I am very spoilt). It literally holds all and a bit more besides.

Contents over the past month have included: Papers, magazines, iPad, iPhone, blackberry, kindle, real books, wallet, Clinique Almost Lipstick in black honey, Clinique Chubby Stick, pens nicked from various hotels, two pairs of sunglasses, umbrella, oyster card, train ticket, business cards (who knows why,? I never use them), ibuprofen, receipt holder, endless chargers…

See? There are no limits to its capacity.
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #38Trainers. In the office. Radical. 

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #38


Trainers. In the office. Radical. 
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #37Fake tan. It’s nothing personal, it’s been fun but it’s over - til at least next June. 

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #37


Fake tan. It’s nothing personal, it’s been fun but it’s over - til at least next June. 
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #36Escalators (at Vuitton). Slightly more glamorous than the ones at Waterloo. Plus those don’t tend to come with added security.

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #36


Escalators (at Vuitton). Slightly more glamorous than the ones at Waterloo. Plus those don’t tend to come with added security.
Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #35Snacks. Ditto.

Fashion week in 50 objects (or maybe 40): #35


Snacks. Ditto.