Welcome Oline Cogdill to Full-Time Freelancing

With the Tribune instituting a bloodbath of layoffs across their newspapers, one of my first thoughts was to wonder what that would mean for Oline Cogdill, the Sun-Sentinel’s mystery columnist, my fellow LA Times Book Prize judge and one of my all-time favorite people, period. But today the Book Publicity Blog has the news of Cogdill’s fate: she’ll be leaving her full-time position as a senior copy editor by the end of the month but “she will be in no way leaving her job as mystery fiction columnist.

She will still be freelancing her weekly mystery reviews and writing

for the Sun-Sentinel’s Off the Page blog.”

And there’s more: “She also will be supplying McClatchy-Tribune Wire services with at

least one to three ADDITIONAL reviews a week.  The MCT Wires are

distributed to some 500 newspapers worldwide and at least 250 regularly

pick up Oline’s reviews in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and also China,

Japan and Australia.”

This is, in a word, awesome.