Skyhorse has eliminated 16 full-time employees (from a total of 77) in “a major reorganization,” and plans to reduce their output of new titles by “approximately 25 percent.” They published around 1,100 titles in 2017. President Tony Lyons says the changes are “in response to shortfalls in Skyhorse revenues in 2017 and early 2018, including issues related to its distribution deal and paper shortages, as well as changes in the ...Read MoreRead more
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter website Pottermore laid off a number of both senior and junior editorial staff as part of a “reorganization.” A spokesperson said the firings “reflect the evolution of the business and are being handled as sensitively as possible.” Those let go were responsible for writing original content for the site.
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Alexander Mamut of Lynwood Investments has sold a majority stake of UK-based bookstore chain Waterstones to Elliot Advisors, the UK branch of Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund. James Daunt will remain as CEO, a post he’s held since 2011, and Lynwood Investments will retain a minority share. Waterstones has more than 280 bookshops in the UK and Europe. Daunt says they are in “expansion mode” and plan to open ...Read MoreRead more
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Amazing Stories is relaunching as a quarterly print fiction magazine, with the first issue scheduled to coincide with Worldcon 76 in San Jose this August. Steve Davidson is publisher, and Ira Nayman is managing editor. The magazine is open to fiction submissions (guidelines here). The first version of Amazing Stories launched in 1926 and was owned by various companies over the years; the last print ...Read MoreRead more
Two more prominent authors with genre connections have been accused of inappropriate behavior: Sherman Alexie of sexual misconduct, and Daniel Handler of crude and offensive remarks.
After rumors began to circulate online in February 2018, Alexie issued a statement apologizing to “the people I have hurt” and acknowledging he’d made “poor decisions.” He however rejected “the accusations, insinuations and outright falsehoods made by Litsa Dremousis, who has led the charges ...Read MoreRead more
Amazon has announced a new imprint, Topple Books, to “spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, and queer writers.” Jill Soloway will serve as editor-at-large, with Carmen Johnson helping to oversee the line. Soloway says, “We live in a complicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by challenging privilege. With Topple Books, we’re looking for those undeniably compelling essential ...Read MoreRead more
Rebellion Publishing announced the posting of David Moore and Michael Rowley as their “new commissioning team” for SFF imprints Solaris and Abaddon. According to the announcement, “The two will share commissioning and editing duties across both best-selling lists.” Moore joined Rebellion in 2009 and Rowley is new to the company, coming from Waterstones and Penguin Random House UK imprint Ebury.
For more information, see the official announcement.
Penthouse Global Media, publisher of adult magazine Penthouse and the recently relaunched science fiction and fact magazine OMNI, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2018. The company formed in 2016 when CEO Kelly Holland acquired the Penthouse assets in a management buyout. The company revived OMNI last year, with Pamela Weintraub as editor-in-chief and Ellen Datlow as fiction editor. The Winter 2017 issue appeared in late 2017, and was ...Read MoreRead more
Online retailer Amazon.com is laying off “low hundreds” of employees, mostly at the Seattle headquarters. The terminations are primarily positions related to the established parts of the company, mainly the consumer retail business (the part that sells books, among other things). The company plans to hire new employees in growing areas, including their digital assistant Alexa, their digital entertainment division, and their Amazon Web Services technology segment. A spokesperson said, ...Read MoreRead more
Sales of print books continue to climb, with unit sales up 1.9% in 2017 over 2016, according to NPD Bookscan (which captures an estimated 80-85% of total print sales): 687.2 million books were sold in every format, up from 674.1 million in 2016. Print sales have climbed every year since 2013, and are now 10.8% above that year’s numbers.
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Barnes & Noble is laying off many of its most experienced workers following a disappointing holiday season (down 6% from the year before), with lead cashiers, receiving managers, and other seasoned employees being let go company-wide. Employees were given little to no notice of their termination, with many showing up for work only to find their jobs had been eliminated. A B&N spokesperson said the company “has been reviewing all ...Read MoreRead more
The YA/children’s literature community has been rocked by high-profile sexual harassment allegations in recent weeks. Late last year writer Anne Ursu conducted a survey of members of the community, asking about their experiences with sexual harassment, and recently published the results as “Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Book Industry“. Though the article did not name names, it prompted a number of people in the industry to discuss their experiences with ...Read MoreRead more
Leading SF publisher Tor Books has announced significant changes to the publishing team. Fritz Foy, senior vice president of strategic technology at Macmillan and publisher of Tor.com, has been named president and publisher at Tom Doherty Associates. Tom Doherty says:
Fritz has had an impressive career in publishing, first at Simon & Schuster, and for the last 21 years at Macmillan. He has had roles in sales, marketing, operations, technology, ...Read MoreRead more
Amazon is discontinuing its editorial, design, and marketing services for Createspace, their print self-publishing and distribution platform, “after a thorough review of our service offerings,” according to a spokesperson. They are cutting 58 jobs from their North Charleston SC office, most of them customer service positions. Createspace will otherwise continue as before.
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HarperAudio, the audiobook division of HarperCollins, is launching a series of audiobooks on vinyl (alongside digital editions). The first title is Wild Horses Vinyl Edition by Joe Hill, narrated by Nate Corddry. Other vinyl releases planned include Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning and Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems. Titles will be distributed by indie record label Wax.
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Amazon has launched an imprint of Amazon Publishing called Amazon Original Stories, publishing short fiction and non-fiction works meant to be read in a single sitting. They’ll be priced at $1.99 in the Kindle store, and free for Amazon Prime members. The first titles include The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates (already available), and there are works scheduled by Dean Koontz and many others. The program seems ...Read MoreRead more
PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:
The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read MoreRead more
Navah Wolfe has been promoted to senior editor at Saga Press. She co-founded the Simon & Schuster imprint with Joe Monti in 2013, and before that she was a children’s book editor for seven years at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, focusing on SF and fantasy. ...Read MoreRead more
Macmillan (including Tor, St. Martin’s Press, and other divisions) will move their offices out of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City, probably in early 2019. The company signed a 20-year lease for 261,000 square feet in a recently modernized building at 120 Broadway. ...Read MoreRead more
SF and science magazine OMNI has been re-acquired by original publisher Penthouse Global Media, with plans to launch a print edition in October 2017.
CEO Kelly Holland say’s she’s proud that OMNI “is once again a part of the Penthouse family where it belongs. Thanks in large part to Pamela Weintraub, one of OMNI’s original editors, who had the foresight to bring the brand back to life by re-registering the ...Read MoreRead more
Julia Rios is stepping down as reprint editor, poetry editor, and interviewer at Uncanny. Mimi Mondal will be poetry and reprint editor and Shana DuBois will be interviewer beginning with issue 19 (November/December 2017) .
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Tor Books is launching a new serialized fiction podcast imprint, Tor Labs, which will focus on “experimental approaches to genre publishing, beginning with original dramatic podcasts.” Tor Labs will be helmed by senior editor Marco Palmieri and editor Jennifer Gunnels.
Tor Labs plans to debut on August 2, 2017, beginning with a weekly original science fiction audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced in partnership with Gideon Media. The ...Read MoreRead more
Ellen Datlow has released a call for submissions for an upcoming volume of the Best Horror of the Year series, to include material published in 2017:
I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark crime, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology ...Read MoreRead more
SF magazines Analog and Asimov’s are switching to a bimonthly schedule beginning in January 2017. Both currently publish ten issues per year, with eight regular issues and two “double” issues.
Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams explains in a forthcoming editorial that the magazines will now publish “six 208-page double issues” per year, a 16-page increase over current double issues. She expects the change will allow her to publish more novellas and ...Read MoreRead more
Imprint Tor.com has announced that from October 12, 2016 to January 12, 2017 they will accept unsolicited submissions of fantasy novellas, but only those set in “worlds that are not modeled on European cultures.” Editors Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will consider submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words, and particularly seek submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. Complete guidelines are here. ...Read MoreRead more
Kensington is launching a new digital SF imprint, Rebel Base Books, in fall 2017, starting with Barb Hendee’s Through a Dark Glass. They will focus on space travel and traditional “soft” SF thrillers, alternate worlds and histories, and classic epic fantasy.
All Kensington’s editors will be acquiring for the new imprint, and they are actively seeking submissions. For more information, see their site. ...Read MoreRead more
Disney-Hyperion has announced the launch of a new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, devoted to “mythology-based books for middle grade readers.” The imprint’s mission is to “find, nurture, and promote the best storytellers for middle grade readers,” with a focus on new and under-represented authors. Stephanie Owens Lurie, Riordan’s editor, will be the imprint’s editorial director, with a planned launch in July 2018. Riordan will have input on editorial selections and ...Read MoreRead more
Cindy Loh has been promoted to the newly created role of vice-president and director of consumer publishing at Bloomsbury USA following the company’s decision to divide its worldwide business into consumer and non-consumer divisions. She has been the director of children’s publishing at Bloomsbury since 2012, following two years at Sterling and senior editorial experience at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins. Loh will now oversee adult and children’s publishing ...Read MoreRead more
Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night (among other titles), is being sued by Hachette Book Group for breach of contract. The publisher is suing to recover the $500,000 (plus interest) they paid for a book they allege the author never delivered.
Hachette and Grahame-Smith made a $4 million deal for two new books following 2010’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with $1 million paid on ...Read MoreRead more
Diana Gill has joined Tor/Forge as executive editor. Gill managed Harper Voyager US for twelve years before moving to the Berkley Publishing Group in 2014.
President and publisher Tom Doherty announced hiring Gill along with several staff promotions and hires on July 28, 2016.
For Tor, Liz Gorinsky and Miriam Weinberg have both been promoted to senior editor, Jennifer Gunnels and Diana Pho were promoted to editor, Christopher Morgan has ...Read MoreRead more
Leading SF publisher Tor Books has announced significant changes to the publishing team. Longtime executive editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden has been named associate publisher, effective immediately. He will be joined by a new hire, associate publisher Devi Pillai, formerly editorial director at Orbit. Tor publisher Tom Doherty says, “I’ve watched Devi’s work with admiration for a long time now; her qualifications are outstanding, and she’ll be a great addition to ...Read MoreRead more