People & Publishing Roundup, August 2022

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RUDY RUCKER sold his liter­ary archive to the Special Collec­tions of the UCR Library at UC Riverside. “The Rudy Rucker Ar­chive includes marked-up drafts of forty books, story drafts, letters, videos, audio, scientific papers, rare ’zines, and email.” Henry Wessells of James Cummins Bookseller ne­gotiated the deal with Cherry Wil­liams and Andrew Lippert of UCR.

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JESMYN WARD will receive the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction ...Read More

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Daily Science Fiction Hiatus

Online magazine Daily Science Fiction, which also delivers stories to subscribers via email every weekday, is going on hiatus after 12 years. Editors Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden wrote to subscribers on August 11, 2022:

Hi. Many of you have noted that we’ve been closed for story submissions for a bit. Many more of you (our most loyal supporters–Thank you!) noticed that today we just canceled automatic renewals for the ...Read More

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Tom Doherty Associates Renamed

Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan, is rebranding as Tor Publishing Group, effective immediately.

President and publisher Devi Pillai said, “Although the Tor name has always been associated with science fiction and fantasy, our list has included titles beyond that genre since our inception. With this name change and continued growth, the Tor name will now stand for quality in various types of genre publishing, with each imprint representing ...Read More

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DoJ vs PRH Trial Begins

The lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice to stop the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has gone to trial this week.

Publishers Weekly has been covering the case: Monday featured opening arguments and testimony by Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch for the government, giving an overview of the book business and discussing how the merger would have a deleterious effect on competition.

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Publishing News

Disney Publishing World­wide is shifting its global sales and distribution services to Penguin Random House Publisher Ser­vices (PRHPS), effective April 1, 2023. Disney will also expand their subsidiary Marvel Publishing’s existing partnership with PRHPS. Disney is leaving their partnership with Hachette Book Group, which has distributed Disney books since 2013.

French media conglomerate Vivendi now owns just over 55% of Lagardere, parent company of Hachette Book Group, having purchased 11 ...Read More

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Simon & Schuster’s Canedy Leaves

Publisher Dana Canedy is stepping down from Simon & Schuster’s adult imprint after two years to focus on writing her next memoir (out from S&S in 2024). She was the first Black woman to ever hold the position. CEO Jonathan Karp will take over her position “for the foreseeable future.”

Karp says Canedy “has improved and bolstered the Simon & Schuster imprint in innumerable ways: by attracting incredibly talented authors ...Read More

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SFWA Launches Indie Resources

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has “launched the first wave of resources for Indie Pub 101, a new section of the SFWA.org website.”

Whether veterans of traditional publishing or brand-new authors with debut books in hand, independent authors, also known as self-publishing authors, must take on the multiple roles of designer, publisher, and publicist, which can be daunting. Indie Pub 101 will help! Its first three sections ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2022

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QUENTIN BLAKE, SALMAN RUSHDIE, and MARINA WARNER all received the High Award Companion of Honour dis­tinction in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. IAN RANKIN received the Knights Bachelor distinction, while JOANNE HARRIS and MICHAEL FOREMAN received the Officer of the Order of the Brit­ish Empire distinction for services to literature. JAMES DAUNT, head of Waterstones in the UK and CEO of Barnes & Noble in the US, received ...Read More

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DAW Books Sold to Astra Publishing House

DAW Books owners and co-publishers Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert have sold the company to Astra Publishing House. The entire DAW staff will continue working under the new owners.

Astra CFO and president Leying Jiang said,

We’re so thrilled to have DAW Books and its talented team joining Astra Publishing House. It feels like we are adding another bright star to our growing program. And so this acquisition marks a ...Read More

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HarperCollins Union Sets Strike Date

As previously announced, the HarperCollins Union has voted to go on strike if their concerns are not addressed. They’ve now announced their one-day strike date as Wednesday, July 20th.

The employees of HarperCollins have been unionized for over 80 years, and are part of Technical, Office and Professonal Union UAW Local 2110. They have been negotiating with management since December 2021, when their contract was due to expire (after a ...Read More

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Macmillan to Reopen Offices

Macmillan expects to reopen offices on July 7, 2022, following the “security incident” that shut down their operations on June 25, 2022. The closure included physical offices “out of an abundance of caution.”

Most systems are operational for employees again, and Macmillan has resumed warehouse operations, and are now receiving, processing, and shipping orders again.

In its latest statement Macmillan says the company is bringing extra resources to bear in ...Read More

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Wilmot Wins ECW Press Novel Contest

Andrew Wilmot’s Withered is the winner of ECW Press‘s Best New Speculative Novel Contest. The novel will be published by ECW in a deal negotiated by Kelvin Kong at K2 Literary.

The contest received over 170 entries, with the winner chosen by judges Jen R. Albert and Terese Mason Pierre.

For more information, see the announcement.

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HarperCollins Union Threatens Strike

The HarperCollins Union has voted to go on strike if their concerns are not addressed:

Unionized employees of HarperCollins Publishers voted by 99% to authorize a strike if the publisher does not agree to a fair contract.

The union, Local 2110 of the UAW, represents 250+ employees in editorial, sales, publicity, design, legal, and marketing departments. The union is bargaining for higher pay, improved family leave benefits, a greater commitment ...Read More

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Conner Announced Apex Co Editor-in-Chief

Lesley Conner has announced her new role as co Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine, alongside Jason Sizemore.

Conner said,

Jason and I have worked closely together on every issue of Apex Magazine since he stepped back into the role of Editor-in-Chief in Jan 2015 and I became managing editor, but since the first “Lesley” issue in Nov 2021 my role at Apex has really grown.

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Macmillan Security Incident

Macmillan, including UK branch Pan Macmillan, suffered a “security incident, which involves the encryption of certain files on our network” on Saturday, June 25, 2022. In response and “out of an abundance of caution,” Macmillan closed physical and virtual offices, and stated in an email that “customers, employees, and other third-party partners may notice that certain systems are unavailable.” While their websites are still active, sales and delivery of goods ...Read More

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Call for SLF Jurors

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) announced via Twitter a call for jurors to read applications for the Older Writers Grant as well as the Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers grants.

SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, focused on the speculative literature community. “If interested, send a brief note to grants@speculativeliterature.org with the subject line: JUROR.”

For more information on the SLF and the grants in question, see their site.

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Publishing News

Bloomsbury UK has an­nounced plans to hire 100 new employees ‘‘across all areas of the company’’ to lighten the work­load for existing staff. A survey of UK publish­ing recently reported ‘‘industry-wide burnout.’’ A spokesperson told The Bookseller, ‘‘These posi­tions are targeted where our business is growing, where we want to increase support for our authors and grow the global presence of our most important brands, and where we know there ...Read More

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Promotions at Transworld

Sally Williamson has been promoted to editorial director at the Bantam imprint of UK publisher Transworld and will report to publisher Frankie Gray. Editorial director Francesca Best is returning from parental leave and will also report to Gray. Alice Rodgers is taking on the role of commissioning editor, transitioning from covering for parental leave, and will report to Williamson. Transworld Publishers is now known as Transworld, and Bantam Press is ...Read More

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Random House Worlds

Penguin Random House has announced a new imprint, Random House Worlds, ‘‘dedicated entirely to licensed book publishing.’’ The imprint will be home to media-related books from ‘‘Star Wars, Minecraft, Stranger Things, Garfield, Magic: The Gathering, Lore Olympus, Critical Role, and others.’’ Vice-president and Del Rey deputy publisher Keith Clayton will serve as publishing director. All licensed brands published by Del Rey and other imprints ‘‘under the Random House division will ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2022

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ELSA SJUNNESON is now represented by Larissa Melo Pien­kowski at Jill Grinberg Literary.

RR HAYWOOD is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

JOSHUA COHEN’s The Ne­tanyahus (New York Review) won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, given for ‘‘distin­guished fiction published in book form during the year by an Ameri­can author, preferably dealing with American life,’’ with its $15,000 prize.

 

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UTA Buys Curtis Brown UK

United Talent Agency announced the acquisition of UK literary agency Curtis Brown Group. A UTA statement says Curtis Brown is “the first prominent UK literary and talent representation group to join with a major global talent agency.”

For UTA, the deal significantly expands its global footprint in one of the world’s most important and thriving creative markets. Under the terms of the deal London-based Curtis Brown Group, founded in 1899, ...Read More

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Promotions at Tor UK

Bella Pagan has been promoted to publisher at Tor UK. Pagan joined Pan Macmillan in 2011 after five years as a commissioning editor at Orbit UK, and was promoted to editorial director at Pan Macmillan Fiction in 2016, later becoming publishing director. In this new role Pagan will report to Pan Macmillan publisher Lucy Hale.

Georgia Summers has been promoted to editor from assistant editor, and continues to report to ...Read More

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Omenana Special South African Edition Submissions

SF magazine Omenana has announced a call for submissions for an upcoming Special South African edition, created in partnership with Science Fiction & Fantasy South Africa, “the premier club for fans and connoisseurs of sci-fi and fantasy books, film, and art.”

The editors are seeking submissions “from speculative fiction writers from across Africa and the African Diaspora” for ” a special issue that will focus on the over-50-year history and ...Read More

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Clara Madrigano Joins The Dark

The Dark has announced that Clara Madrigano is their new co-editor, joining Sean Wallace, who is co-editor and publisher. Wallace said,

Clara clearly has a discerning eye for finding talented authors and stories, with her work at Dame Blanche and Mafagafo, and we certainly look forward to seeing that same energy and vision brought here to the magazine.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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Jo Fletcher to Leave Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher has announced that she will be leaving Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint she founded 11 years ago. She has yet to announce her next plans, and will be officially leaving her post on September 30th, 2022.

Jo Fletcher Books will be looking to fill a senior commissioning role in order to continue the imprint, and will be keeping the Jo Fletcher name.

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2022

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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.

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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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