New Imprint: Rick Riordan Presents

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 More

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Changes at Bloomsbury USA

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 More

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Hachette Sues Seth Grahame-Smith

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 More

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Gill Named Executive Editor at Tor/Forge

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 More

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Changes at Tor

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 More

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SFWA Opens to Game Writers

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 More

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New InterGalactic Medicine Show Editor

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 More

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Gill Leaves Ace

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 More

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Cuts at Berkley/NAL

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 More

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November’s Position Eliminated

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 More

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Perseus Book Group Sold

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 More

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Tor.com Closes to Unsolicited Submissions

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 More

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Orbit Expansion

Hachette Book Group has announced a significant expansion of their Orbit SF/F imprint. Beginning in fall 2016, they will increase the number of titles published by about 50%, to around 90 titles per year. They plan to recruit new editorial, marketing, and design staff to handle the expansion.

Orbit publisher and HGB senior vice president Tim Holman says, “There is a huge and diverse audience for SF and fantasy out ...Read More

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John Joseph Adams Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the launch of a new SF/F book line to be edited by John Joseph Adams. The new list, called John Joseph Adams Books, will begin in February 2016 with print editions of three backlist Hugh Howey titles. Adams will serve as editor at large for the line. He began his association with HMH when he became series editor for the Best American Science Fiction & ...Read More

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Crossed Genres To Close

Crossed Genres Magazine will close after the December 2015 issue, according to an announcement from co-publishers Bart R. Leib and Kay T. Holt. They cite personal difficulties and a lack of funds necessary to continue. “We considered a lot of other options to try and keep CG Magazine open, but ultimately none of them were viable without further sacrificing our lives and well-being.”

The magazine, founded in 2008, was devoted ...Read More

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Berkley and New American Library Combined

Penguin Publishing Group has combined Berkley and New American Library into a new division, called Berkley Publishing Group. Berkley head Leslie Gelbman is president of the new division, which she says will shift to “an amplified focus on major commercial hardcover and trade paperback originals.” Hardcover and trade paperback fiction will appear under the Berkley Books imprint, and hardcover and trade paperback non-fiction under the NAL banner. The various imprints ...Read More

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Julie Crisp Leaves Tor UK

Julie Crisp has left her position as editorial director of Tor UK at Pan Macmillan. She will move on to work as a freelance editor and literary agent, effective immediately. Wayne Brooks, publishing director, will take the helm, alongside senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan and assistant editor Louise Buckley. ...Read More

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Malcolm Edwards Changes Role

Malcolm Edwards will step down from his position as deputy CEO and publisher of Orion at the end of 2015. He will become chairman of the Gollancz SF/fantasy line (an imprint of Orion), and will serve as consulting publisher at Orion. The changes will allow him to have a more flexible schedule and focus on projects that particularly interest him. ...Read More

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Musa Publishing Closes

Musa Publishing will shut down on March 1, 2015. The company produced e-books and published Penumbra magazine until it folded in December 2014. They cite “the rising costs of doing business and reduced sales” as the cause. Their authors have been released from their contracts, but their “Bookshelf” service will still operate for customers until June 2016. For their official announcement, see their website. ...Read More

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Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Titles

Tor Books will publish a series of trade paperback novels based on Paizo’s Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying games. The Pathfinder Tales series was previously published by Paizo, starting in 2010. The first title from Tor, Lord of Runes by Dave Gross, is scheduled for  June 16, 2015, with additional titles to come bi-monthly.

For details, see this post at Tor.com. ...Read More

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Forever Magazine

Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke has launched a new monthly SF reprint magazine, Forever, to feature a novella and two short stories in each issue. Unlike Clarkesworld, Forever will not be free online, but only available for purchase or subscription. Clarke has made the first issue available for free download, however, as an enticement to readers. For more information, see Clarke’s announcement. ...Read More

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2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

This Recommended Reading List, published in Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Paul Kincaid, and others — with inputs from outside reviewers, other professional critics, other lists, etc. Short fiction selections are based on material from ...Read More

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Egmont USA to Close

The US division of children’s book publisher Egmont will close, effective January 31, 2015, after attempts to sell the division failed. Danish parent company Egmont Publishing International began looking for a buyer in October 2014, but found no takers. The last day for employees is January 30. The ten titles on their spring 2015 list will still be published, with books distributed by Random House.

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Newitz and Anders Move Up

Annalee Newitz has been promoted to editor-in-chief of technology site Gizmodo, and will be launching a program called the “Future Initiative” at Gawker Media. The new program plans to bring Gawker’s  science, SF, and technology sites, including Gizmodo, io9, Paleofuture, Space, Sploid, and more, into closer collaboration.

Charlie Jane Anders will be taking over for Newitz as editor-in-chief of i09.

For details, see Newitz’s announcement. ...Read More

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Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Charles Coleman Finlay has been named editor of F&SF, beginning with the March-April 2015 issue. Finlay is well known as an author, and guest-edited an issue of the magazine in 2014. He takes over from Gordon Van Gelder, who will remain publisher.

Finlay is the ninth editor to helm The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since its founding in 1949. Van Gelder took over as editor from Kristine Kathryn ...Read More

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Reorganization at Penguin

Penguin Publishing Group is being significantly reorganized, with changes implemented by president Madeline McIntosh, who took over that newly formed division of Penguin Random House four months ago. These changes impact all the adult divisions.

Major changes include Brian Tart, president and publisher at Dutton, Gotham, and Avery, taking over at Viking as president and publisher. He replaces Clare Ferraro, president of Viking, Plume, and Hudson Street, who will leave ...Read More

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Amazon and S&S Reach Agreement

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have resolved their negotiations and signed a new multi-year agreement. Though details have not been officially released, the deal will reportedly allow S&S to set retail prices for e-books, returning to “a version of agency pricing,” as S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy describes it, with some room allowed for Amazon to discount titles.

For more, see the story in Publishers Weekly. ...Read More

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Egmont USA For Sale

The Denmark-based Egmont Publishing Group has decided to sell their Egmont USA division. Distributed by Penguin Random House and established in 2008, Egmont USA specializes in books for children and young adults.

Egmont Publishing International CEO Rob McMenemy says, “The simple reason for selling the business is it does not fit with the strategic position of Egmont Publishing only to invest in countries where we can have a market leading ...Read More

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Hachette Children’s Group

Hachette UK is bringing together all their children’s imprints under a single division, combining Hachette Children’s, Orion Children’s, Orchard Books, and Little, Brown Children’s, starting January 1, 2015. Egmont UK’s managing director Hilary Murray Hill will come in as CEO on January 13, 2015, and Marlene Johnson will be in charge until then, with plans to retire at the end of January. Clare Somerville will serve as deputy managing director.  ...Read More

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