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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.Read more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
Lou Anders is leaving his position as editorial director and art director at Pyr after ten years at the helm, in order to “devote his professional energy to being a full-time author.” His debut novel Frostborn appeared earlier this year. Rene Sears will take over as interim editor. ...Read MoreRead more
Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will take over as editor-in-chief from Sigrid Ellis, who is stepping down. “Apex will publish the issues planned and purchased through December 2014. Beginning now, I will be selecting our 2015 magazine content.” He will publish stories that Ellis acquired for 2015 issues.
Poetry editor Elise Matthesen is departing, with Bianca Spriggs taking over. ...Read MoreRead more
Little, Brown UK recently acquired publisher Constable & Robinson and has announced a new division merging the acquisition with Piatkus, to “take advantage of publishing synergies, streamline day-to-day editorial processes, and help fully integrate Constable & Robinson within the company.” Constable Robinson publisher Tim Whiting will report to David Shelley, publisher of the Little, Brown UK group. Constable & Robinson’s Corsair fiction imprint will remain separate, run by James Gurbutt, ...Read MoreRead more
The deal announced earlier this month for Hachette Book Group to buy Perseus Books, and then to sell the Perseus distribution business to Ingram (reported on here) has fallen through.
Perseus CEO David Steinberger told employees: “The planned transaction involving our company, Hachette, and Ingram is not moving forward. Despite much effort from all three parties, we could not reach agreement on everything necessary to close the transaction.”
A statement ...Read MoreRead more
Hachette Book Group is buying the Perseus Book Group. Hachette will incorporate all nine Perseus imprints including Avalon Books, Running Press, and Da Capo Press, and will maintain Perseus’s various partnerships. The imprints will likely remain intact, and continue to operate from their current offices for the time being.
After the sale is finalized, Hachette will sell the Perseus Book Group’s numerous distribution companies to Ingram Content Group, including Perseus ...Read MoreRead more
Angry Robot announced on June 20, 2014, that they will be discontinuing their YA imprint Strange Chemistry and their crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A. The imprints “have unfortunately been unable to carve out their own niches” in the market, and will immediately cease all publishing activities. Forthcoming titles from Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A will be canceled.
The core Angry Robot imprint will increase output from two books a month to ...Read MoreRead more
Periodical distributor Source Interlink informed its customers on May 30, 2014, that it will cease all business operations “in the near future,” and asked magazines to stop sending shipments immediately. Group manager of circulation Ashlee Riggle explained, “Over the course of the last five months, Source Interlink Distribution Company has been vigorously engaged in discussions with publishers and national distributors… in an effort to correct the inefficiencies and unnecessary redundant ...Read MoreRead more
David Pomerico will be executive editor at Harper Voyager beginning May 28, 2014, reporting to senior vice president, executive editor, and director of editorial development Jennifer Brehl. He will oversee the day-to-day editorial operations of Harper Voyager US.
Pomerico got his start at Random House, worked for Bantam Spectra and Del Rey, and most recently spent two years as an acquiring editor at Amazon Publishing’s SF imprint 47North. Pomerico replaces ...Read MoreRead more
News Corp (which own HarperCollins) will purchase romance publisher Harlequin from its parent Torstar for $415 million. The sale is expected to be completed by September 2014, pending government approval in the US and Canada, and Torstar shareholder approval.
Harlequin headquarters will remain in Toronto, with its CEO Craig Swinwood reporting to HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray. Swinwood says Harlequin will “continue to operate as a distinct and successful brand within ...Read MoreRead more
Diana Gill, head of Harper Voyager US, is moving to Ace/Roc/Berkeley, where she will be executive editor starting April 1, 2014, replacing retiring editor Ginjer Buchanan. Gill’s last day at Harper was March 21, 2014. She told us, ‘‘I am very proud of my (just-shy of) 16 years with Avon Eos/Eos/Harper Voyager and the wonderful and talented authors I’ve discovered and championed there. Ace/Roc are amazing imprints with great authors ...Read MoreRead more
British publisher Hodder & Stoughton has made an offer to buy Quercus, the independent UK publisher that includes SF/F imprint Jo Fletcher Books. The Hachette-owned Hodder made a cash offer of £12.6 million, and the deal is expected to be finalized by late April 2014.
Tim Hely Hutchinson, CEO of Hachette UK, says Quercus will be a “distinct division” within Hodder if the deal is closed.
Hachette is in an ...Read MoreRead more
SFWA has announced the appointment of John Klima as the new editor of The Bulletin. Klima has worked at Asimov’s, Analog, and Tor Books, in addition to editing and publishing award-winning magazine Electric Velocipede (2001-2013). His first issue as editor will be Spring 2014.
Klima is “very excited for this opportunity to be part of a new era for the SFWA Bulletin. I look forward to engaging SFWA’s membership as ...Read MoreRead more
Hachette Book Group has created a new division, Hachette Books, to publish the 1,000+ backlist titles acquired when HBG bought Hyperion last year, and to publish new books in a variety of areas. Publishing veteran Mauro DiPreta will take over from interim publisher Martha Levin as vice president and publisher of the division beginning March 31, 2014, and will oversee all Hyperion employees and add new staff as necessary. The ...Read MoreRead more
Ron Charles, fiction review editor for the Washington Post‘s book section, has announced a new monthly review column of SF/fantasy titles, to be written by SF author Nancy Hightower. The Post is also adding a monthly romance column.
Charles said, “For years, I’ve hemmed and hawed about how to cover genre fiction more consistently… Of course, we’ll never be able to satisfy the thirst of the most devoted fans, but ...Read MoreRead more
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a new addition to their annual “Best American” anthology series: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.
John Joseph Adams will serve as series editor, and Joe Hill will be guest editor for the first volume, collecting work published in 2014, to be published in October 2015. For more: www.johnjosephadams.com/best-american ...Read MoreRead more
SFWA President Steven Gould has responded to Dave Truesdale’s recently circulated petition opposing proposed changes to the Bulletin’s editorial structure, “SFWA President Endorses PC Bulletin Censorship”, subsequently signed by several prominent authors. Truesdale is a former editor of the Bulletin, though he is not currently a SFWA member.
The editorial structure of the Bulletin is being revamped after some members expressed concern about problematic material in the publication last year. ...Read MoreRead more