Edwards to Run André Deutsch

Malcolm Edwards has been named publisher of André Deutsch, a venerable imprint recently acquired by the fledgling Welbeck Publishing Group. Edwards has been charged with “resurrecting and reviving” their backlist and acquiring new titles in the SF, fantasy, horror, crime, and thriller genres.

Deutsch was founded in 1952 and published works by Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, and John Updike, among others. Edwards says, “The appeal was that it’s ...Read More

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Gascoigne Heads Aconyte

Marc Gascoigne has been named publisher of Aconyte, a new fiction imprint from game company Asmodee (which publishes Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, and Catan, among other games). The imprint will focus on titles based on their games, but also has plans to publish tie-in works for other parties. They recently made a deal with Simon & Schuster for US and Canadian distribution, with ...Read More

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Amazon News

Amazon’s ongoing legal issues in Europe continue. The Federal Cartel Office in Germany has accepted concessions from Amazon regarding the retailer’s terms for third-party sellers, and has closed the “abuse of dominance” procedure begun last fall. According to Cartel Office head Andreas Mundt, Amazon has agreed to improve “the lack of transparency of the terms of business; the unexpected termination and blocking of sellers accounts…; the lack of possibilities for ...Read More

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Vertigo, Vertigoing, Vertigone

Comics publisher DC is retiring their Vertigo imprint, created in 1993 to publish edgier and more adult content, including Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Stardust, Bill Willingham’s Fables, Chris Rob­erson’s iZOMBIE, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, and many other works by authors of interest. The imprint will “sunset” at the end of 2020. DC is reorganizing all of its content under three new age-specific imprints: DC Kids (for readers ...Read More

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Compelling Switches to Subscription Model

Compelling Science Fiction has switched to a subscription model with the June issue, their 13th. Publisher Joe Stetch wrote, “New issues will only be available to people who subscribe to the magazine or buy individual issues. Full issues will no longer be posted for free on the website, although the stories that have already been posted will remain up.” He explains, “Moving to a purchase-only model was a difficult decision, ...Read More

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Granta Archives Go to British Library

The British Library has acquired the 300-box archive of Granta, covering 40 years since the relaunch of the magazine in 1979. The archive contains back issues as well as correspondence and manuscripts from authors including Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, and Susan Sontag.

Granta publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing said:

I am delighted that the Granta archive has found a permanent ...Read More

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Sourcebooks News

Sourcebooks sold 45% ownership of the company to Penguin Random House. PRH will be a “collaborative inves­tor,” with founder and CEO Dominique Raccah working closely with Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House US. Both have seats on the newly created board of directors. There are no immediate changes planned to “leader­ship, management, publishing autonomy, or entrepreneurial culture” at Sourcebooks, which hopes to double in size.

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Underland Press Submissions Open

Mark Teppo has announced that Underland Press is open to novel submissions. He’s looking for SF, fantasy, dark fantasy, and “noir mystery with a tinge of otherworldliness,” between 75,000 and 100,000 words in length. Submit to <editors@underlandpress.com> with a brief cover letter “that hits the highlights.” Teppo also welcomes submissions to anthology Eighteen in his “loosely tarot-themed” series, due out in late 2020. The 18th tarot card, the Moon, is ...Read More

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Gallo Promoted at Tor.com

Irene Gallo has been promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com, effective immediately. Gallo joined Tor 26 years ago where she rose to become head of the art department. She was also one of the founders of the Tor.com website and involved in the creation and launch of the Tor.com imprint.

Gallo says,

To all my art friends. For better or worse, you are not rid of me! I will ...Read More

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Baker & Taylor Drops Trade Distribution

Baker & Taylor, one of the two major book distributors in the US, will no longer wholesale books to stores. Parent company Follett calls it a “strategic shift,” explaining, “Exiting wholesale book distribution will allow us to align our resources, technology, and people to do what we do best – helping public libraries support the communities they serve.” Baker & Taylor president Dave Cully says they will work “closely with ...Read More

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Macmillan’s Move

Macmillan Publishers (including Tor, Forge, Tor.com Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, and Farrar, Straus, Giroux, among other imprints) is moving from the Flatiron Building to new, bigger office space in the Equitable Building. The move, first announced back in 2017, is projected to happen in June, with Tor Associates et al moving June 7-10. The new address is 120 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York NY 10271. [Edited to correct move dates.] ...Read More

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Malcolm Edwards Leaves Orion/Gollancz

Malcolm Edwards, the chair of Gollancz and consultant publisher at Orion, is leaving the company on May 31, 2019.

Edwards started at Gollancz in 1976, rising to publishing director before joining HarperCollins in 1989, where he was fiction publishing director. He went to Orion in 1998 as managing director; Gollancz became part of Orion shortly thereafter. He was promoted to deputy CEO and publisher in 2003. In 2015 he stepped ...Read More

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Collected Cady Continues

Fairwood Press is taking over publication of the Jack Cady Col­lection, gathering the complete works of the late Jack Cady (1932-2004), a project begun in 2014 by Resurrection House and Underland Press. They produced seven titles in the series, which will be reissued by Fairwood with new ISBNs, and the remaining titles will appear in “the next few years.” The collected works will include all Cady’s novels, essays, and short ...Read More

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Saga Moves to Gallery

Saga Press, launched in 2015 as an imprint of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is now an imprint of the Gallery Publishing Group, effective March 20, 2019. Editorial director Joe Monti and senior editor Navah Wolfe remain with the imprint, and now report to Gallery senior vice-president and publisher Jennifer Bergstrom. Bergstrom explained that despite starting in the children’s division, Saga “has always acquired and published for a ...Read More

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Amazon Closing Stores

Amazon is closing its 87 popup stores by the end of April 2019. A spokesperson said, “After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program and are instead expanding Amazon Books and Amazon 4-Star, where we provide a more comprehensive customer experience and broader selection.” The company has opened 19 Amazon Books stores, the most recent in Denver CO in March 2019, and has three ...Read More

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Apex Closes

Apex magazine will go on indefinite hiatus following its 120th issue, after ten years of publication. Its last issue will be the Afrofuturism issue guest edited by Maurice Broaddus.

Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore said:

One thing that became obvious to me is that I was neglecting both myself and the book side of Apex. I need to take time to exercise, take some time for my health, do more ...Read More

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Levine Goes Indie

Editor Arthur A. Levine has left Scholastic after 23 years to launch his own independent publishing company, effective March 30, 2019. Levine’s eponymous imprint was founded in 1996, and he is a major figure in children’s publishing, best known for bringing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to the US.

Levine told Publishers Weekly, “I’ve had a wonderful run at Scholastic and will greatly miss working here. There are such strengths ...Read More

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Tor Launches Horror Imprint

Tor Books is launching a new horror imprint, Nightfire, with Fritz Foy as publisher and additional staff to be added.

According to the announcement:

Under the Nightfire imprint, editors will acquire and publish across the breadth of the genre­—from short story collections to novellas and novels, from standalone works to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. In addition to publishing books ...Read More

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F+W Media Files for Bankruptcy

F+W Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2019, and plans to sell its assets in order to pay its creditors (at least partially). F+W published some works of SF interest, including collectibles guides from the Krause Publications imprint, art books from the Impact imprint, and writing guides from Writer’s Digest Books. The filing blames the bankruptcy largely on a failed attempt to shift to an e-commerce model in ...Read More

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Amazon News

Amazon Publishing has announced a new imprint, Amazon Crossing Kids, publishing picture books in translation, starting in July.

Amazon has cancelled plans to open a new branch office for their headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY. The local community opposed the plans, voicing concerns about transit and real estate problems, and objecting to the new $3 billion in incentives that New York City and state offered ...Read More

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Strange Horizons Staff Changes

Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde are stepping down as editors-in-chief of Strange Horizons, with Vanessa Rose Phin taking over the role. Crowley and Dollarhyde said:

Friends and fellow readers, we come bearing bittersweet news: the time has come for us to move along. We’re stepping down from our positions as editors-in-chief and passing the torch to Vanessa Rose Phin, who’s served the magazine ably in several capacities during vees long ...Read More

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Spiegel & Grau Closed

Random House publisher Susan Kamil announced the closure of imprint Spiegel & Grau:

I am very sorry to announce that with the reorganization of our Group, Cindy Speigel and Julie Grau will be leaving the company, and the Spiegel & Grau imprint, which they have led for the past thirteen years, will be discontinued.

The imprint was launched at Doubleday in 2007 and joined Random House in 2008, and published ...Read More

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IGMS Closing

Editor Scott M. Roberts announced that Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (IGMS) will close after the June/July 2019 issue. In his editorial for the February 2019 issue, Roberts said:

When IGMS first rolled onto the scene, online magazines were few and far between. Now the main mode of consumption of short SFF literature is online in one form or another (podcasts, e-issues, webpages, etc). And the voices of SFF ...Read More

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Curiosity Quills News

Eugene Teplitsky, co-owner of Curiosity Quills Press, says the company has fallen behind on paying royalties, and will temporarily cease print publishing, except for middle-grade novels. He blames “month after month” of dwindling sales, and is offering “no strings attached” termination of contracts for any of their authors who want to leave the company: authors should “simply email <editor@curiosityquills.com> and we will revert rights to all who ask for it, ...Read More

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Clarkesworld Translation Projects

Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke has started Clarkesworld Books, a new imprint of Wyrm Publishing dedicated to publishing translated fiction. The imprint plans to launch with A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction by Xia Jia.

Clarke also announced that Clarkesworld has received a grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) to translate and publish Korean science fiction stories, the first ...Read More

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2018 Book Sales

NPD Bookscan released their final statistics for 2018, counting 696 million print books sold in the US, up 1.3% over last year’s 687 million – the smallest gain seen over the past five years of steady print growth. Adult hardcover sales went up 1.3%, while YA and juvenile sales rose by fractions of a percent. Trade paperbacks declined slightly, and mass-market paperbacks continued to shrink, down to 52 million copies ...Read More

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Author Income Survey

The Authors Guild has released their 2018 Author Income Survey. 5,067 authors participated, and the Guild says the results point to a “crisis of epic proportions for American authors, particularly literary writers.” The median income from writing was $6,080, a decline of 3% from their 2013 survey, and 42% from 2009, a drop the Guild ascribes to declining royalties, “blockbuster mentality” at publishing companies, and the sales practices of Amazon.com. ...Read More

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Publishing News

Hachette Book Group is reor­ganizing. The Hachette Books non-fiction line will be folded into Perseus Books with the departure of founder Mauro DiPreta. Da Capo Press, a Per­seus imprint, is in turn becoming part of Hachette Books, with Da Capo publisher John Radziewicz retiring. Susan Weinberg will be acting publisher until a new publisher is chosen. “Several positions” are being eliminated as part of the consolidation.

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Moldow Retires, Touchstone Closes

Susan Moldow is retiring from her position as presi­dent of Scribner Publish­ing Group and president of the Touchstone imprint at Simon & Schuster at the end of the year. Moldow has worked in publishing since 1966, and has held senior positions at Dell, Penguin, Doubleday, and HarperCollins, as well as Simon & Schuster, and her authors included Anthony Doerr, Charles Johnson, Stephen King, and Colm Tóibín, among many others.

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Publishing News

Crown Publishing Group has joined Random House Publishing group to form a new division, effective immediately, run by Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello. Crown president and publisher Maya Mavjee will leave Penguin Random House at the end of 2018. The imprints will maintain their current editorial identities. Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh explained in a letter to the staff that “book discovery and buying patterns continue ...Read More

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Amazon Raises Minimum Wage

Amazon has announced plans to raise their minimum wage for US workers to $15 an hour after public condemnation for their poor pay practices, including criticisms from Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. CEO Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of over $155 billion, who declared earlier this year that “the only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is ...Read More

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Prometheus Sells Pyr Imprint

Prometheus Books has sold SF imprint Pyr and crime fiction imprint Seventh Street to Start Publishing. Prometheus was founded in 1969, exclusively publishing non-fiction, before launching Pyr in 2005 and Seventh Street in 2011. Publisher Jonathan Kurtz said the sale will allow Prometheus “to more fully engage with the diverse readers in our core categories and maximize the potential of our extensive back catalog.”

Start Publishing president Jarred Weisfeld told ...Read More

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