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: <twitter.com/unamccormack/status/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: <distantshorepublishing.com>.
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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