Carolyn Kaufman, QT blogger, author, valued colleague and dear friend, passed away yesterday, September 7th, after suffering a brain aneurysm.
Her passing is a great loss to the QueryTracker family and the entire writing community.
When I sat down to write this, I knew it would be difficult. But I had no idea just how difficult. Not only because she was a dear friend, but also because she was so talented, funny and kind. How can I possibly capture all that in a mere blog post? It can’t be done, but I will try to give her memory the justice it deserves.
She was a writer, of course, but she was also a talented photographer and artist, a doctor of psychology and a college professor. Yet somehow she found the time to blog about her writing experiences and, as she put it, “help writers become authors.” Although she never fulfilled her dream of publishing a novel, she did publish books to help other writers (such as the Writer’s Guide to Psychology, http://www.archetypewriting.com.)
I first met Carolyn in 2008 when she joined QueryTracker. She went by the screen name of Archetype, and it wasn’t long before I was affectionately calling her Archie. A short time later, she and a group of other authors approached me about the QT Blog. You see, back then, the blog was floundering. Mostly because I’m a terrible blogger. Anyway, her and her group volunteered to take over the blog. They had written a detailed proposal and presented it professionally and with confidence. Little did they know that that kind of delivery was not necessary. I would have handed it over to the first schmuck to come along. But they soon showed me they were not schmucks. They knew what they were doing, and for the first time (and ever since) I was proud of the blog.
(Meet the first blog team: http://www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2008/12/meet-qt-blog-team.html)
As time went by, the other bloggers moved on and were replaced. But not Carolyn. Once she starts something, she doesn’t give up. She loved being able to reach out to other writers and share with them the things she had learned on her journey. The blog became her baby, and I was thankful for her and always assured that she would do the right thing with it. She never let me down.
So it is with the greatest of sadness that I say good bye, Archie. You will be missed.