Sorry for not responding in the last few days. I do appreciate everybody's input.
I most definitely don't want to throw anybody under the bus. I'm honestly looking for a way to amicably solve this problem so that we can all work well together.
Can you reply "I thought previous mark-ups that I had done did get to Paul. Perhaps (Editor) decided just to handle the matter himself/herself." Something to indicate you had marked things up, perhaps they just weren't passed on to Mark.
You could even add something along the lines of "Due to recent changes, I'm trying to do things differently this time round. Fix some of the mistakes I made by not communicating enough."
Vague, but indicating you want to make things go great.
I responded to Tammy's e-mail pretty much along the above lines.
Don't remember exact wording but it was something akin to:
"I'm sorry Mark didn't receive my last mark-up. I sent it to editor first just so that he could see/edit my comments. I wasn't sure if design changes were acceptable and those thoughts should be run through editor first. When I sent my last mark-up directly to you, it was just simple/technical things where I felt the editor didn't need to get involved with."
I never heard a response back from Tammy.
Weird boss logic sounds like cultivating resilliance within the organisation.
For example, when the old co-worker left, you were fully capable of taking over the whole magazine at short notice while a suitable replacement was found, a process which took longer than expected. Indeed, you were fully capable of taking it on indefinitely, but what happens if you do, and then are run over by a bus? The organisation is left without anybody who even vaguely knows how to do the magazine layout.
aiki -- laughing at your literal usage of "run over by a bus" but agreeing with your sentiment . . . If I were to somehow become incapacitated and I was the only one working this particular job, it would have been a poor business practice from TPTB to allow a project like this to be in only one person's command.
Hence, the reasoning for me wanting to politely open communication between me and the other group.
A week ago (Thursday) Editor sent out an e-mail to all concerned (Tammy, Mark, Their Boss, My Boss, Everybody's UberBoss, and me) asking if we could please come together and turn out May's issue in order to go to press by May 1st, getting it closer to on-time schedule than it has been in the past.
Wednesday of last week, we had a phone meeting. Tammy said "I'm slapping down the text and doing what I can." Editor asked for a proof early Thursday morning.
Late in the day on Thursday I received an e-mail from Editor, with my boss and my bigBoss being cc'd.
"Mark will be finishing the back end of the magazine. I'm told that I will be receiving inputs on Friday. Will you be able to clean up the layout on Monday in order to go to press on Tuesday?"
I left it to my boss to respond. She said "We'll do whatever we can in order to meet your deadline."
When I left work on Friday, I had not seen anything from the other team.
At this point? I'm putting it in the Boss'/Editors hands and stepping back.
Really curious to see what hits my desk on Monday morning.