That's the case today with the news of Angry Robot killing its YA imprint, Strange Chemistry. I personally have three friends affected by the deal.
Two haven't even debuted yet and in some ways they're the luckier ones. Those books may be shopped to other publishers. There is still a chance for them to sell. But that doesn't ease the burn and grief of having their big debut moment pulled out from underneath them.
My other friend is mid-deal. The first in her scheduled trilogy only released a month ago. What happens in this situation? It's very hard for an author to sell the latter part of a series to a new publisher. It rarely happens. And what about the first book? Will Strange Chemistry still print a back list?
So I'm taking a moment for empathy. If it were me, I'd need a day or two or three for fetal position and tears. Then I'd start strategizing, figuring out what I wanted to do. Do I self-publish? Do I shelve these books? Do I try and find a new publisher? I know I'd be back on my feet sooner than later, and I know these three friends will be, too. They're that kind of strong.
So when you're ready to feel a little better and step out into the world, try on these shoes.