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.

 

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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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Publishing News, January 2021

Knopf Random House Canada is splitting apart: beginning in 2021, Knopf Canada and Random House Canada will operate independently again (they were combined in 2009). Publisher Anne Collins will become executive editor and vice-president of Random House Canada on January 4, 2021. CEO Kristin Cochrane says, “I believe the time is right to have space for each to build on its past successes and pave the way for the future. ...Read More

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2021 SFWA Givers Fund Grants

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the recipients of the 2021 Givers Fund Grants for organizations which further SFWA’s mission: “To promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere, by educating and informing the general public and supporting and empowering science fiction and fantasy writers.” Grant recipients are “Any 501(c)(3) or similar organization… with a program related to the ...Read More

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Editorial Changes at Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson announced on December 17, 2020 that editor-in-chief Ira Nayman is resigning from his position. Davidson added:

Mr. Nayman will remain and complete the current issue in progress and additionally offered to perform a subset of his previous duties until they are transitioned to a new Editor.

Authors whose stories have been accepted, authors whose work is currently in the submission queue, all will all be ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, December 2020

MILESTONES

SCOTT WESTERFELD con­tracted COVID-19 six months ago, and underwent surgery in October 2020 to recover damage the virus did to his heart. He is recovering well. “I feel like the people who think Covid is a hoax aren’t giving us hoaxers enough credit for our COMMITMENT.”

Locus Online Editor MARK R. KELLY had a heart attack on October 25, 2020. His partner drove him to the emergency room, and ...Read More

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“Read the Room” Virtual Event Series

Tom Doherty Associates, in partnership with 12 independent bookstores, is launching “Read the Room”, a virtual event reading series “meant to bring authors, booksellers, and readers together into the same virtual ‘room.'” Events will be hosted the fourth Wednesday of every month on Crowdcast and will feature authors from Tor, Tor Teen, Forge, Nightfire, and Tordotcom Publishing.

The first event, co-hosted by Loyalty Bookstores, is scheduled for January 27, 2021 ...Read More

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Publishing News, December 2020

Hachette Book Group has announced plans for a new imprint, Legacy Lit, “dedicated to books for and by people of color.” Executive editor Krishan Trotman has been promoted from executive editor to vice-president and publisher, reporting to Susan Weinberg of Perseus Books division. Beginning in 2022, Legacy Lit plans to produce 12 to 15 titles each year in various genres, and to “give voice to issues authors, and communi­ties that ...Read More

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SFPA Seeking Editor for Star*Line

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) announced via Twitter that it is “looking for a new editor for our Star*Line publication!” Founded in 1978, Star*Line is “a literary magazine for poets of the genre persuasion.” The editor role is a volunteer position.

For more information or to apply contact interim editor F.J. Bergmann at sfpa-exec@googlegroups.com.

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New Portal Books Imprint: Monolith

LitRPG publisher Portal Books is launching new imprint Monolith with a focus on more traditional science fiction and fantasy genres including “Post-Apocalyptic, Epic Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Cyber Punk and others.” Titles acquired by Monolith include Everwinter by Peter Hackshaw, Ascendant by Michael R. Miller, a trilogy by Damien Hine, as well as the rights to the Landkist Saga by Steven Kelliher.

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Sexy Fantastic Magazine to Launch in 2021

Dream Tower Media has announced it will publish the first issue of new monthly magazine Sexy Fantastic on January 1, 2021, with Robert Zoltan as editor-in-chief. Zoltan said,

Sexy Fantastic is a sex positive magazine that will publish thought-provoking creative works that amuse, inspire, move, spark imagination, challenge, and entertain. We will deal with adult sexuality in an unashamed, mature and playful manner. The content focuses more on the erotic ...Read More

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Editorial Changes at Fireside

Brian J. White is now the interim editorial director at Fireside Fiction Company. White founded Fireside in 2012 and was editor and publisher until mid-2017. In an announcement, he said,

Effective immediately, Pablo Defendini is resigning from all editorial functions at Fireside Fiction Company (comprising Fireside Magazine and Fireside Books), and I will be taking the role of interim editorial director. This comes directly as a result of Pablo’s publication ...Read More

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PRH to Buy Simon & Schuster

Penguin Random House has announced plans to purchase Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.175 billion in an all-cash deal. ViacomCBS had reportedly hoped to sell S&S for at least $1.2 billion. S&S had $814 million in sales in 2019 and $823 million in 2018.

The company was initially offered for sale in March 2020, but plans were put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic hit. After the S&S acquisition ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, November 2020

MILESTONES

PETER SWIRSKI is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

Author TOMI ADEYEMI was named one of the 100 most influen­tial people of 2020 by Time in the “Pioneers” category. For the full list: <time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2020/>.

CHARLOTTE HONIGMAN‘s “The Partisan and the Witch” (Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga) won the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The ...Read More

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