The Los Angeles Times’ books section has terminated its relationship with all its freelance reviewers and columnists, says Publishers Weekly.
Susan Salter Reynolds had been with the Times for 23 years as a staffer and freelancer; she and at least two other freelancers lost their regular gigs.
A publicist for the newspaper told PW that this was a move to cut costs, but that the LAT is still dedicated to books coverage. “Staff writers from outside the book department will take over for those who left,” she said.
Salter Reynolds responded to the PW post in a comment:
“There are probably ways to cut costs without eliminating a person’s entire income after twenty three years in one phone call. I offered to continue writing for very little money until things got better.”
Hopefully Salter Reynolds and others will be able to pick up new freelance clients, though book reviewer jobs are becoming thin on the ground. Best of luck and condolences to those affected.