Publishing News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt fired 525 employees on the first of October, fol­lowed by more than 150 employees who took early retirement in September. In all, their workforce has dropped by over 20%, from about 3,3000 to 2,600. They have implemented other cost-cutting measures, most related to the increased popularity of ebooks and a new “digital first” approach.

Harper Children’s has announced changes at their Harper imprint. Director of publishing VP Rich Thomas will run the line, with Erica Suss­man in charge of middle grade, teen, and tie-in work, and Nancy Inteli running picture books.

Goldsmith Press has announced a new imprint, Gold SF, for “intersectional feminist SF,” with Una McCormick chairing the editorial board. For more: <­tus/1314159328207802368>.

New small press Distant Shore Publishing is accepting submissions “in fantasy, science fiction, and LitRPG.” They offer “$150 for short stories and $2,500 for novellas. Short stories are illustrated with bespoke artwork and featured on our website. Novellas go through a rigorous editing process, advertising, and publication, all while maintain­ing communication with the author.” For more: <>.

The Book Industry Study Group in the US, BookNet Canada, and Book Industry Communi­cations in the UK have joined forces in an “Inter­national Green Book Supply Chain Alliance” to make publishing more sustainable by improving the supply chain to “eliminate waste and reduce its impact on the environment.”

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