French Editor Accused of Harassment

Stéphane Marsan, co-founder of major French SF imprint Bragelonne, has been accused of inappropri­ate behavior and sexual harassment by more than 20 people, including authors and former employees. The investigative report was published by French journal Mediapart in April 2021. Marsan wrote an extensive letter in reply, denying any wrongdoing and threat­ening legal action for defamation. Bragelonne was founded in 1995 by Marsan and Alain Névant, and is widely credited ...Read More

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HBG Diversity Update

Hachette Book Group published their annual diversity update, covering 2020. They announced increases in staff diversity at all levels in the company, the largest being a 31% increase among senior managers, including directors and higher (though they’re still almost 80% white). Employees identifying as BIPOC increased seven percent in 2020. Acquisitions saw a bump, too: new authors and illustrators of color made up 29% of book deals, compared to 22% ...Read More

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HMH No More

The sale of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s publishing company, HMH Books & Media, to News Corp (parent company of HarperCollins) is complete… and doesn’t include the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt name, which the original parent company intends to keep for its technology business. HarperCollins says they will phase out use of the name, ending a legacy that began over a century and a half ago when Boston printer Henry Houghton branched out ...Read More

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Bloomsbury Acquires Head of Zeus

Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK has purchased independent publisher Head of Zeus (HoZ) for £8.5 million (just over $12 million), including payments of pre-existing loans. Head of Zeus publishes genre authors including P.C. Cast, Terry Goodkind, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu, Lavie Tidhar, and many others.

Bloomsbury’s official announcement said, “This acquisition will provide a strong addition to Bloomsbury’s thriving Consumer division and support our long term Consumer growth strategy, with ...Read More

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PodCastle Staff Changes

PodCastle co-editors Jen Albert and Cherae Clark are stepping down from their positions in order to focus on other career and time commitments. Replacing them will be PodCastle associate editor and copyeditor Eleanor R. Wood, and Voodoonauts cofounder Shingai Njeri Kagunda.

The upcoming stories through the rest of the year will likely be some combination of stories that Jen and Cherae picked out from the submissions periods of 2020, and ...Read More

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Departure Mirror Closing

Departure Mirror Quarterly has announced it will cease publication after the Spring 2021 issue. It published three issues of SF/F fiction and poetry billed as “a departure from and a mirror on reality.” Editor-in-chief Arthur Robert Tracy IV cited readership decline, low ad response rate, and day job commitments as factors for the closure.

A big part of our decision to start the magazine was that I kept seeing great ...Read More

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Gold SF Imprint Taking Submissions

Gold SF, a new imprint of Goldsmith Press, is calling for submissions. The imprint is “dedicated to discovering and publishing new intersectional femi­nist science fiction, promoting voices that answer to the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves.” They are interested in books dealing with anti-ratio­nalism and the rise of the alt-right; the climate crisis and feminism in the Age of the Anthropocene; global movements of populations and refugees; new ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021

MILESTONES

ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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Deep Magic Closing

Deep Magic, “the e-zine of clean fantasy and science fiction,” announced that it will cease publication following the release of a “best of” anthology this month, their Summer 2021 issue in June, and a collection of remaining issues in August. Founder Jeff Wheeler and managing editor Brendon Taylor cited financial shortfalls and time obligations as causes for the closure.

For more information, see the Deep Magic Facebook page.

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Publishing News, May 2021

Disney Publishing is launch­ing new adult imprint Hyperion Avenue, headed by Jennifer Levesque, with its first books launching in Summer 2021, and a full slate expected by Fall 2022. They anticipate releasing 50 to 60 titles per year within five years, and hope to acquire titles that can be adapted for Disney’s various media arms, including streaming service Disney+. The Walt Disney Co. previously sold most of its adult publishing ...Read More

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SFWA Launches #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has created the #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force to help identify authors who may be owed royalties from Disney and its subsidiaries. The task force includes Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, National Writers Union, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, as well as authors Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig.

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Pillai Promoted to President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

Devi Pillai has been appointed president and publisher of Tom Doherty Associates (TDA), effective immediately. She replaces Fritz Foy, who is retiring from the position after 24 years at Macmillan (TDA’s parent company), where he began in 1997 as chief technology officer.

Pillai said,

Tom Doherty Associates has seen year on year growth and we have a record breaking number of awards and nominations. I am excited for the chance ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2021

MILESTONES

JOHN VARLEY, 73, began having chest pains in late February 2021, and subsequently underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He re­turned home on February 28 and is recovering well. “I thank you for the good vibes and wishes and karma sent my way during my recent travails. Yes, and your prayers as well, though I’m an atheist and don’t know quite what to do with them. Is anyone really listening? ...Read More

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Arsenika to Close

Speculative poetry and flash fiction magazine Arsenika announced that it will permanently close following the release of its upcoming Spring 2021 issue. The magazine ran for five years, starting with Issue 0 in Winter 2017. Issue 8 will be the last, and will include a longer statement from editor S. Qiouyi Lu.

 

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. ...Read More

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Amazing Stories on Hiatus

Experimenter Publishing Company has announced that, due to ongoing legal issues with a licensing agreement, it is placing Amazing Stories magazine on indefinite hiatus. Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson said,

Experimenter Publishing hopes to get our current issue, featuring Canadian Writers and Artists, published once we raise funds to cover expenses.

The Amazing Stories website will continue to publish on a daily basis and is not expected to be affected. ...Read More

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Changes at Quirk Books

There have been big changes at Quirk Books. Brett Cohen has resigned as president and publisher, end­ing a 20-year career there, with owner/founder David Borgenicht returning as president and Jhanteigh Ku­pihea promoted to publisher. Nicole De Jackmo rises to the new position of senior vice president of sales, marketing, and publicity. Megan Dipasquale was promoted to vice president of finance, Andie Reid to art director, Jane Morley to managing editor, ...Read More

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Serial Box Becomes Realm

Publisher Serial Box, known for serialized audio fiction by notable genre authors, has rebranded as Realm. They produce original fiction and media tie-ins by authors including Max Gladstone, Ellen Kushner, Yoon Ha Lee. Malka Older, Fran Wilde, and many more.

According to the official announcement, they are also introducing subscription plans and distributing some content via platforms such as Spotify and Apple, where audiences can listen for free.

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News Corp to Acquire HMH

News Corp, parent company of HarperCollins Publishers, has announced that it will acquire Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) publishing company, HMH Books & Media, for $349 million in cash.

HMH will become part of HarperCollins, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. The deal will add more than 7,000 titles to the HarperCollins backlist, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other titles by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1984 and Animal ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2021

MILESTONES

VAJRA CHANDRASEKERA is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Liter­ary Agency.

J.A. BRADLEY is now repre­sented by Paul Stevens of the Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

AWARDS

ANTHONY R. LEWIS won the Edward E. Smith “Skylark” Award for contributions to science fiction, and HILARY CLARCQ received the Gaughan Award, given annually to an emerging artist, both pre­sented by the New England Science Fiction Association at Boskone 58, ...Read More

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Egmont UK Becomes Farshore

Children’s publisher Egmont UK, which became part of HarperCollins UK in May 2020, is now being renamed as Farshore.

With our new name and brand identity, we remain firmly committed to our mission and purpose—to make every child a proud reader.

This mission underpins our broad and inclusive portfolio of child-friendly picture books, fiction, non-fiction and brands. We aim to inspire reading for pleasure for all ages, from the most ...Read More

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Publishing News, March 2021

The Authors Guild, the Open Markets Institute, and various writing organizations (including the Horror Writers Association and the Romance Writers Association) have released an open letter to the US Department of Justice, urging them to reject the proposed merger of Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House on antitrust grounds:

The deal would bring well more than half of key U.S. book markets under the control of a single corporation, ...Read More

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Weisskopf Removed As DisCon III Guest of Honor

Following reports of calls for political violence on Baen’s Bar, the online forum of Baen Books, and the subsequent temporary closure of the board by publisher Toni Weisskopf, Discon III, the 2021 Worldcon, has announced that it has removed Weisskopf as guest of honor.

Chair Bill Lawhorn sent a press release on February 19:

DisCon III condemns the violent and hostile content found within Baen Books’ forums. We also cannot ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2021

AWARDS

MONIQUE ROFFEY‘s The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree) won the £5,000 Costa Novel award, given to one “of the most enjoyable books of the year, writ­ten by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” She’s in the running for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.

BOOKS SOLD

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES sold My Heart Is a Chainsaw and a second book to Joe Monti at Saga ...Read More

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Publishing News, February 2021

HarperCollins has joined the other major publishers in raising starting salaries. They made an agreement with their union to increase starting salaries to $45,000 a year for staff in New York NY and San Francisco CA, starting January 18, 2021. The following three sal­ary tiers will also be increased commensurately. “This decision is part of the company’s ongoing review of industry data on salaries in order to remain competitive.” About ...Read More

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Interzone Deal Falls Through; PS to Launch New Magazine

We previously announced that PS Publishing would take over Interzone from TTA Press, with Ian Whates as the new editor. That deal has fallen through, but Whates will edit a new digital magazine for PS Publishing instead. The PS team says:

This has come as something of a considerable disappointment, particularly bearing in mind the amount of work that the whole team has put into the project. We had a ...Read More

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Naver Acquires Wattpad

Canadian multi-platform entertainment company Wattpad announced on January 21, 2021 acquisition of Wattpad and WEBTOON™ by South Korean company Naver for “an estimated USD $600 million.” According to the announcement:

The acquisition will allow Wattpad to continue to accelerate its international growth and success. The company will remain headquartered in Canada under the continued leadership of founders Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen.

Wattpad and WEBTOON™ collectively have an audience of ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2021

AWARDS

ALAN WHITE won the 2020 Rotsler Award for “long-time won­der-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award is sponsored by the Southern Califor­nia Institute for Fan Interests, and includes a $300 honorarium.

Editor and author PATRICE CALDWELL and author and artist MOLLY KNOX OSTERTAG are on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.

GILLIAN CHANDLER won the 2020 A. ...Read More

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Solaris Satellites to Launch

Rebellion Publishing has announced a new novella imprint, Solaris Satellites, edited by David Thomas Moore. The first publications will be Pollen From A Future Harvest by Derek Künsken, These Lifeless Things by Premee Mohamed, and The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos, releasing later this year.

Moore says, “Novellas are where the genre is at right now: a neat little package, with more room to breathe than a ...Read More

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Crich­tonSun Partners with Range Media

The late Michael Crichton’s production company, publisher, and archive, Crich­tonSun, has announced a partnership with Range Media Partners to develop new TV series and an adaptation of an unpublished work. CrichtonSun president Sherri Crichton says, “We’re thrilled to have found true creative partners at Range. They share our passion of preserving the Crichton legacy and we look forward to tapping into their imagina­tive minds and exciting pool of talent to ...Read More

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Hoshijo Joins Saga

Amara Hoshijo has joined Saga Press as an editor. She previously worked on science fiction titles at Soho Press including The Seep by Chana Porter, Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax, and the forthcoming Midnight, Water City by Chris McKinney. Saga editorial director Joe Monti said,

Amara has a keen perspective and a high level of enthusiasm for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror that will be a boon to ...Read More

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PS Publishing to Take Over Interzone

PS Publishing has announced that it will take over publication of Interzone magazine from TTA Press, which also produces the Black Static and Crimewave magazines. Ian Whates of NewCon Press will replace Andy Cox as editor.

PS co-founder Peter Crowther said, “The call came on the Saturday before Christmas Day, from Andy Cox, Main Man of Interzone magazine who wanted to know if I fancied taking on IZ’s production reins, ...Read More

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Amazon News, January 2021

Amazon Publishing may shift their longstanding stance against allowing libraries to lend their ebooks. The company is said to be in “active discussions” with the Digital Public Library of America to alter its policies. Amazon is reportedly “testing a number of different models” and may lend books as early as 2021, with a spokesperson saying, “We believe libraries serve a critical purpose in communities across the country, and our priority ...Read More

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