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.
Most of the increase comes from bookstores and online retailers, which ...Read MoreRead more
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) .
For more information, see the official announcement at Uncanny. ...Read MoreRead more
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
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will be open to active membership applications from game writers, beginning August 1, 2016.
The decision was made by a membership-wide vote. “Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.” Eligibility requirements use a benchmark based on income. ...Read MoreRead more
Scott M. Roberts has taken over as editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, starting with the new July/August 2016 issue, #51. Roberts has been assistant editor for the magazine for years, and guest edited issue #41. He replaces editor Edmund R. Schubert, who announced his departure in the April 2016 issue.
For more information, visit the Intergalactic Medicine Show website. ...Read MoreRead more
Executive editor Diana Gill’s position at Ace/Roc has been “eliminated… as part of the reorganization” at Berkley (which we reported on earlier). Her last day is today, March 18, 2016.
Gill’s assistant Rebecca Brewer has been promoted to associate editor, and will take over most of Gill’s list, with the remainder going to Anne Sowards and Jessica Wade, who remain with the company. ...Read MoreRead more
According to a spokesperson at Berkley, “a number of positions at Berkley/NAL have been eliminated. Per corporate policy, we will not identify or comment further about the specific positions or individuals affected.”
Sources online including Publishers Lunch indicate that “at least four editors and other support staff have been let go,” with positions at SF imprints Ace and Roc among those cut. Berkley/NAL ceased to exist as a separate division ...Read MoreRead more
Viking Children’s Books has announced a reorganization that eliminates senior editor Sharyn November’s position. November joined Penguin in 1990 as an associate editor at the Puffin Books imprint, and was editorial director of the Firebird imprint, established in 2002.
In a statement on Twitter she said, “Leaving is hard—but I’m excited to see what’s next, and what publishing/editorial opportunities arise.” ...Read MoreRead more
Perseus Book Group has agreed to sell its publishing business to Hachette Book Group and its distribution business to Ingram Content Group, both for undisclosed sums. Hachette made a previous bid to acquire Perseus in 2014, but the deal fell through.
Perseus has 6,000 backlist titles and publishes about 500 books a year through various imprints, including Avalon Books and Running Press, with revenues of about $100 million. Their client ...Read MoreRead more
Tor.com has announced that, effective January 7, 2016, they will no longer accept unsolicited short fiction submissions:
We’ve found some of our favorite, most innovative, and most surprising stories through slush. However, in recent years we’ve found that more and more of our stories have been coming to us from different sources. As more of our stories are being brought in by consulting editors, fewer slots on our schedule can ...Read MoreRead more