People & Publishing Roundup, May 2022

MILESTONES

Horror author JOHN SKIPP, 64, has announced his retirement from writing and publishing fiction; his final title is col­lection Don’t Push the Button (Clash Books). Going for­ward he will focus on music and film. He has two new albums, The Antidote to Fear and Cry Me a Rain­bow, out via his own Fungasm Records label. He also wrote, produced, directed, and scored short film Doppelbanger, which premiered ...Read More

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Staff Changes at Angry Robot

According to The Bookseller, Eleanor Teasdale has been promoted to publisher and Gemma Creffield has been promoted to commissioning editor at Angry Robot. Teasdale was previously commissioning editor, and Creffield was managing editor, both joining Angry Robot in 2019.

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JFA Editorial Collective Appointments

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA)  announced appointments for its new editorial collective. Mailyn Abreu Toribio is Reviews Editor-in-Chief, Cat Ashton is Project Editor-in-Chief, Novella Brooks de Vita is Acquisitions Editor-in-Chief, and Jude Wright is Managing Editor-in-Chief. The restructuring of JFA staff was announced last year, along with an open call for applications. The collective “will be taking over the duties of previous Editor Brian Attebery, for ...Read More

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Publishing News

Hachette Book Group has announced their latest plan for employees to return to the New York offices on April 25, 2022. Offices elsewhere have return dates in April and May. They will begin a six-month pilot, following ‘‘a hybrid model, with all fully vaccinated office-based staff members required to work from the office two days per week.’’

Macmillan is launching a ‘‘hybrid/remote-friendly’’ pilot on April 4, to run through October: ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2022

MILESTONES

JOANNE HARRIS was re-elected as the chair of the Society of Authors board. She ran unop­posed for her second two-year term.

CELIA NERI is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS has been awarded a star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, which was founded in 1992 and runs through the commercial district of Palm Springs CA. Burroughs lived in Palm Springs ...Read More

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Esquire 50 Best Sci-Fi Books

Following their 50 Best Fantasy Books list, Esquire has announced a 50-title list of the best Sci-Fi books of all time.

Though we assessed single installments as representatives of their series, we limited the list to one book per author. We also emphasized books that brought something new and innovative to the genre; to borrow a great sci-fi turn of phrase, books that “boldly go where no one has gone ...Read More

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All Stories Mentorship For Writers From Underrepresented Groups

All Stories is open to applications for its free mentorship program for young adult and children’s writers from underrepresented groups: “a person of colour, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, working class or socio-economically marginalised.” The mentorship includes nine months of one-on-one mentoring, a year’s membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and introductions to agents. Ten mentorships are available, and they will run from October 2022 to June ...Read More

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Mah Joins SFWA Staff

Emily Mah is taking over as interim editorial director at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, replacing Kevin Wabaunsee.

Wabaunsee stated:

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with SFWA’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers over the past two years. I’m proud to have worked under two inspiring SFWA presidents, Mary Robinette Kowal and Jeffe Kennedy, and just as proud to leave the work of ...Read More

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Silver Shamrock Closes

Small-press horror press Silver Shamrock Publishing closed this weekend. While there has been no official statement from publisher Kenneth McKinley, editor Kenneth W. Cain posted the following on Twitter:

I’m sorry I’ve been quiet for so long about this matter. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, talking to [publisher] Ken M., artists, authors, reviewers, readers, just about everyone. I haven’t slept much at all because of that, so I

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The Great Resignation

Numerous publish­ing professionals announced their resignations in March 2022, leading to widespread discussions on social media about burnout and unsustainable workloads, especially for junior staff. Genre-related departures include Tor/Forge assistant editor Molly McGhee, who resigned from the company after her request for a promotion was denied. Her first ever acquisition (The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake) recently debuted at #3 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. McGhee ...Read More

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Pullman Steps Down as SoA President

Philip Pullman is stepping down as Society of Authors (SoA) president. Pullman has been with the SoA for 35 years, and was elected as president in 2013. He will remain a member of the trade union’s council. Pullman says,

When it became clear that statements of mine were being regarded as if they represented the views of the Society as a whole (although they did nothing of the sort, and ...Read More

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Editorial Changes at Escape Pod

S.B. Divya is stepping down as co-editor of Escape Pod on April 8, 2022. Mur Lafferty remains co-editor,  joined by new co-editor Valerie Valdes.

It’s been my great privilege and pleasure to work on Escape Pod for the last 7 years, but it is time for me to say goodbye. Unfortunately, due to my health problems, I no longer have the energy to juggle 3 jobs plus family responsibilities…. This ...Read More

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Gorinsky Leaves Erewhon

Liz Gorinsky is stepping down as publisher of Erewhon Books, effective immediately. Gorinsky founded the press in 2018, and their first titles were released in 2020.

Senior editor Sarah Guan will lead the editorial program, and oversee an expansion of the editorial team. Director of publishing and production Cassandra Farrin and marketing and publicity manager Martin Cahill remain in their positions. Viengsamai Fetters has joined as an editorial assistant, and ...Read More

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Esquire 50 Best Fantasy Books

Esquire has announced a 50-title list of the best fantasy books of all time.

For this list, we concentrated on novels that are primarily fantasy, which is why you won’t see genre-straddlers like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time or Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun.

To keep this lineup manageable, we only included books originally published as a bound book on paper — which ruled out ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2022

MILESTONES

BRONTE-MARIE WESSON is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency. She is an Australian bookseller and influencer.

SUZAN PALUMBO is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

IORI KUSANO is now represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Author COLM TÓIBÍN has been named the new Laureate for Irish Fiction by the Arts Council of Ireland, a position which seeks to ...Read More

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Update on Conjunctions

Bard College has reconsidered their plan to end support for Conjunctions:

Bard College announced this week that the fall 2022 issue of Conjunctions would be the journal’s last under the Bard imprint. Having heard the immediate, widespread, and heartfelt reaction from readers, writers, and editors alike, the College is revisiting its decision with the intention of continuing its support for the journal.

Bard sincerely regrets both the decision and process ...Read More

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Conjunctions to Close

Update 3/11/22: Bard College has reconsidered its decision and hopes to continue publishing the magazine.

Our original story follows.

Conjunctions will close later this year, as Bard College can “no longer financially sustain the publication.” Founder and editor Bradford Morrow says:

In 2021, Conjunctions marked its fortieth anniversary, a milestone celebrated by the publication of a special anniversary issue and a series of online readings, defying the pandemic in order
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Cossmass Infinities Changes

SF Magazine Cossmass Infinities will cease publishing in print, and stop producing regular issues, but will still publish some work online. Editor Paul Campbell says,

Unfortunately, Cossmass Infinities will stop publishing regular issues after Issue 9. We will continue publishing stories to our website once a month, and we will continue paying a pro-rate for them.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this far. Unfortunately, it is not working ...Read More

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Fireside to Close

Fireside Magazine will close later this year, primarily due to financial concerns, according to publisher Brian J. White:

When I launched the first Fireside Kickstarter 10 years ago, it was an experiment in online publishing and crowdfunding, and an attempt o hike the standard of pay for writers up much higher than was considered the norm at the time. I wasn’t sure that first campaign would succeed, and back then ...Read More

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HarperCollins UK Announces New YA Imprint

HarperCollins UK imprint Harper Voyager announced a new imprint, Magpie, launching January 2023. Magpie will publish “YA fantasy, science fiction, speculative romance and horror” and will be led by publishing director Natasha Bardon with editor Vicky Leech Mateos also acquiring. The imprint “will be based in the HarperFiction division and ran by the HarperVoyager team as a parallel imprint.”

For more information, see the Harper Voyager UK Twitter account or ...Read More

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Sanderson Kickstarter Soars

On March 1, 2022, Brandon Sanderson’s Dragonsteel Entertainment launched a Kickstarter campaign, Surprise! Four Secret Novels by Brandon Sanderson. It rapidly became the most successful publishing-related Kickstarter of all time, and is on track to break the site’s overall fundraising record.

As of this writing, the total stands at over $15.6 million, with backing from nearly 60,000 supporters. The most successful campaign ever, for a smart watch, made just over ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2022

AWARDS

LAURIE R. KING has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and will be honored at the 76th Edgar Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York on April 28, 2022. Reviewer LESA HOLSTINE won the 2022 Raven Award, for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writ­ing,” and Soho Press associate publisher (and author) JULIET GRAMES received ...Read More

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PRH pledges $100,000 to PEN America

Penguin Random House (PRH) has pledged $100,000 to PEN America for their 100th anniversary. PRH and PEN America have partnered together before with projects such as Book the Vote.

Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, says:

We are grateful and inspired that Penguin Random House is expanding its generous support for PEN America at this critical time. Rising authoritarianism around the world, coupled with flagging support for freedom of speech ...Read More

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Briel Named First Sourcebooks President

Barbara Briel has been promoted to president of Sourcebooks, marking the first time the role has been filled. Briel was promoted from senior vice president and chief operating officer, a position she held for ten years. She started at Sourcebooks as director of administration and finance in 2004. Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah said,

Barb has been a leader in building Sourcebooks into a leading and energetically entrepreneurial publisher. Mission-driven, ...Read More

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Hachette Livre Acquires Remaining Bragelonne Stakes

Lagardère SCA subsidiary Hachette Livre announced acquisition of “the remaining share capital of Bragelonne and Bragelonne Games that is not yet owned by Hachette Livre.” Hachette had acquired 43% of the company in a 2019 merger. According to the announcement:

Within Hachette Livre, Bragelonne and its labels, driven by passionate and talented teams, will continue to develop itself with its own identity, while simultaneously benefiting from the sales and distribution ...Read More

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PRH Author Diversity Audit

As part of its attempts to improve diversity, Penguin Random House has published its “phase one” study on the demographics of authors, illustrators, and translators of works published from the start of 2019 to the end of 2021. They received 3,415 responses, and concluded that the company’s ‘‘contributor demographics do not reflect U.S. reader demographics when it comes to race and ethnicity. Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous representation is low, while ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2022

MILESTONES

JOHN VARLEY, 74, was hospi­talized last year with COVID, pneu­monia, and congestive heart failure, and received a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is home now, and expects to soon “be back at work on my next novel, a re-write and near total alteration of the horrible second draft of my first unpublished novel, Gas Giant.” Read his account here.

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Publisher Reopenings Pushed Back

Many publishers have once again paused, post­poned, or rescinded their plans to open offices for in-person employees, this time in response to the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Macmillan was scheduled to reopen its offices in New York City on January 10, but the opening has been postponed indefinitely. Employees will receive 30 days notice before they have to come back. Vaccinated staff may continue to come in ...Read More

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PRH Responds to DoJ

As we reported last month, the United States De­partment of Justice filed a lawsuit on November 2, 2021 to stop the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, citing concerns that the deal could lessen competition, lead to a highly concentrated publishing market, and reduce advances for authors, especially of “anticipated top-selling books.”

PRH filed their initial response in December 2021, countering that the DoJ “invents a ...Read More

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Lit Hub Best Books of 2021

Lit Hub has announced its 48-title list of the best books of 2021. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters (One World)
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enriquez (Hogarth)
  • The Vixen, Francine Prose (Harper)
  • Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford (Scribner)
  • The Scapegoat, Sara Davis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Dear Senthuran, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • The Wrong End of the Telescope
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Book Piracy Lawsuit

Penguin Random House, Amazon, and a number of authors including Sylvia Day, RL Stine, Stuart Woods, and John Grisham, have been awarded a total of $7.8 million after suing Ukrainian ebook pirate site Kiss Library.

They sued the site after copyrighted works were made available at discounted prices without permission, and without the publishers or authors receiving payment for the sales.

The judge said, “Given the extent of the piracy ...Read More

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Buzzfeed Best Books of 2021

Buzzfeed has announced its 22-title list of the best books of 2021. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

  • What Strange Paradise, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters (One World)
  • The Sentence, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Wrong End of the Telescope, Rabih Alameddine (Grove)

For the full list of Buzzfeed‘s recommendations, see their post.

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