SFWA Opens to Game Writers

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will be open to active membership applications from game writers, beginning August 1, 2016.

The decision was made by a membership-wide vote. “Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.” Eligibility requirements use a benchmark based on income. ...Read More

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New InterGalactic Medicine Show Editor

Scott M. Roberts has taken over as editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, starting with the new July/August 2016 issue, #51. Roberts has been assistant editor for the magazine for years, and guest edited issue #41. He replaces editor Edmund R. Schubert, who announced his departure in the April 2016 issue.

For more information, visit the Intergalactic Medicine Show website. ...Read More

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Gill Leaves Ace

Executive editor Diana Gill’s position at Ace/Roc has been “eliminated… as part of the reorganization” at Berkley (which we reported on earlier). Her last day is today, March 18, 2016.

Gill’s assistant Rebecca Brewer has been promoted to associate editor, and will take over most of Gill’s list, with the remainder going to Anne Sowards and Jessica Wade, who remain with the company. ...Read More

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Cuts at Berkley/NAL

According to a spokesperson at Berkley, “a number of positions at Berkley/NAL have been eliminated. Per corporate policy, we will not identify or comment further about the specific positions or individuals affected.”

Sources online including Publishers Lunch indicate that “at least four editors and other support staff have been let go,” with positions at SF imprints Ace and Roc among those cut. Berkley/NAL ceased to exist as a separate division ...Read More

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November’s Position Eliminated

Viking Children’s Books has announced a reorganization that eliminates senior editor Sharyn November’s position. November joined Penguin in 1990 as an associate editor at the Puffin Books imprint, and was editorial director of the Firebird imprint, established in 2002.

In a statement on Twitter she said, “Leaving is hard—but I’m excited to see what’s next, and what publishing/editorial opportunities arise.” ...Read More

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Perseus Book Group Sold

Perseus Book Group has agreed to sell its publishing business to Hachette Book Group  and its distribution business to Ingram Content Group, both for undisclosed sums. Hachette made a previous bid to acquire Perseus in 2014, but the deal fell through.

Perseus has 6,000 backlist titles and publishes about 500 books a year through various imprints, including Avalon Books and Running Press, with revenues of about $100 million. Their client ...Read More

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Tor.com Closes to Unsolicited Submissions

Tor.com has announced that, effective January 7, 2016, they will no longer accept unsolicited short fiction submissions:

We’ve found some of our favorite, most innovative, and most surprising stories through slush. However, in recent years we’ve found that more and more of our stories have been coming to us from different sources. As more of our stories are being brought in by consulting editors, fewer slots on our schedule can ...Read More

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Orbit Expansion

Hachette Book Group has announced a significant expansion of their Orbit SF/F imprint. Beginning in fall 2016, they will increase the number of titles published by about 50%, to around 90 titles per year. They plan to recruit new editorial, marketing, and design staff to handle the expansion.

Orbit publisher and HGB senior vice president Tim Holman says, “There is a huge and diverse audience for SF and fantasy out ...Read More

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John Joseph Adams Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the launch of a new SF/F book line to be edited by John Joseph Adams. The new list, called John Joseph Adams Books, will begin in February 2016 with print editions of three backlist Hugh Howey titles. Adams will serve as editor at large for the line. He began his association with HMH when he became series editor for the Best American Science Fiction & ...Read More

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Crossed Genres To Close

Crossed Genres Magazine will close after the December 2015 issue, according to an announcement from co-publishers Bart R. Leib and Kay T. Holt. They cite personal difficulties and a lack of funds necessary to continue. “We considered a lot of other options to try and keep CG Magazine open, but ultimately none of them were viable without further sacrificing our lives and well-being.”

The magazine, founded in 2008, was devoted ...Read More

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Berkley and New American Library Combined

Penguin Publishing Group has combined Berkley and New American Library into a new division, called Berkley Publishing Group. Berkley head Leslie Gelbman is president of the new division, which she says will shift to “an amplified focus on major commercial hardcover and trade paperback originals.” Hardcover and trade paperback fiction will appear under the Berkley Books imprint, and hardcover and trade paperback non-fiction under the NAL banner. The various imprints ...Read More

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Julie Crisp Leaves Tor UK

Julie Crisp has left her position as editorial director of Tor UK at Pan Macmillan. She will move on to work as a freelance editor and literary agent, effective immediately. Wayne Brooks, publishing director, will take the helm, alongside senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan and assistant editor Louise Buckley. ...Read More

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Malcolm Edwards Changes Role

Malcolm Edwards will step down from his position as deputy CEO and publisher of Orion at the end of 2015. He will become chairman of the Gollancz SF/fantasy line (an imprint of Orion), and will serve as consulting publisher at Orion. The changes will allow him to have a more flexible schedule and focus on projects that particularly interest him. ...Read More

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Musa Publishing Closes

Musa Publishing will shut down on March 1, 2015. The company produced e-books and published Penumbra magazine until it folded in December 2014. They cite “the rising costs of doing business and reduced sales” as the cause. Their authors have been released from their contracts, but their “Bookshelf” service will still operate for customers until June 2016. For their official announcement, see their website. ...Read More

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Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Titles

Tor Books will publish a series of trade paperback novels based on Paizo’s Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying games. The Pathfinder Tales series was previously published by Paizo, starting in 2010. The first title from Tor, Lord of Runes by Dave Gross, is scheduled for  June 16, 2015, with additional titles to come bi-monthly.

For details, see this post at Tor.com. ...Read More

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Forever Magazine

Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke has launched a new monthly SF reprint magazine, Forever, to feature a novella and two short stories in each issue. Unlike Clarkesworld, Forever will not be free online, but only available for purchase or subscription. Clarke has made the first issue available for free download, however, as an enticement to readers. For more information, see Clarke’s announcement. ...Read More

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2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

This Recommended Reading List, published in Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Paul Kincaid, and others — with inputs from outside reviewers, other professional critics, other lists, etc. Short fiction selections are based on material from ...Read More

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Egmont USA to Close

The US division of children’s book publisher Egmont will close, effective January 31, 2015, after attempts to sell the division failed. Danish parent company Egmont Publishing International began looking for a buyer in October 2014, but found no takers. The last day for employees is January 30. The ten titles on their spring 2015 list will still be published, with books distributed by Random House.

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Newitz and Anders Move Up

Annalee Newitz has been promoted to editor-in-chief of technology site Gizmodo, and will be launching a program called the “Future Initiative” at Gawker Media. The new program plans to bring Gawker’s  science, SF, and technology sites, including Gizmodo, io9, Paleofuture, Space, Sploid, and more, into closer collaboration.

Charlie Jane Anders will be taking over for Newitz as editor-in-chief of i09.

For details, see Newitz’s announcement. ...Read More

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Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Charles Coleman Finlay has been named editor of F&SF, beginning with the March-April 2015 issue. Finlay is well known as an author, and guest-edited an issue of the magazine in 2014. He takes over from Gordon Van Gelder, who will remain publisher.

Finlay is the ninth editor to helm The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since its founding in 1949. Van Gelder took over as editor from Kristine Kathryn ...Read More

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Reorganization at Penguin

Penguin Publishing Group is being significantly reorganized, with changes implemented by president Madeline McIntosh, who took over that newly formed division of Penguin Random House four months ago. These changes impact all the adult divisions.

Major changes include Brian Tart, president and publisher at Dutton, Gotham, and Avery, taking over at Viking as president and publisher. He replaces Clare Ferraro, president of Viking, Plume, and Hudson Street, who will leave ...Read More

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Amazon and S&S Reach Agreement

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have resolved their negotiations and signed a new multi-year agreement. Though details have not been officially released, the deal will reportedly allow S&S to set retail prices for e-books, returning to “a version of agency pricing,” as S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy describes it, with some room allowed for Amazon to discount titles.

For more, see the story in Publishers Weekly. ...Read More

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Egmont USA For Sale

The Denmark-based Egmont Publishing Group has decided to sell their Egmont USA division. Distributed by Penguin Random House and established in 2008, Egmont USA specializes in books for children and young adults.

Egmont Publishing International CEO Rob McMenemy says, “The simple reason for selling the business is it does not fit with the strategic position of Egmont Publishing only to invest in countries where we can have a market leading ...Read More

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Hachette Children’s Group

Hachette UK is bringing together all their children’s imprints under a single division, combining Hachette Children’s, Orion Children’s, Orchard Books, and Little, Brown Children’s, starting January 1, 2015. Egmont UK’s managing director Hilary Murray Hill will come in as CEO on January 13, 2015, and Marlene Johnson will be in charge until then, with plans to retire at the end of January. Clare Somerville will serve as deputy managing director.  ...Read More

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Anders Leaving Pyr

Lou Anders is leaving his position as editorial director and art director at Pyr after ten years at the helm, in order to “devote his professional energy to being a full-time author.” His debut novel Frostborn appeared earlier this year. Rene Sears will take over as interim editor. ...Read More

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Changes at Apex Magazine

Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will take over as editor-in-chief from Sigrid Ellis, who is stepping down. “Apex will publish the issues planned and purchased through December 2014. Beginning now, I will be selecting our 2015 magazine content.” He will publish stories that Ellis acquired for 2015 issues.

Poetry editor Elise Matthesen is departing, with Bianca Spriggs taking over. ...Read More

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Piatkus Constable Robinson Formed

Little, Brown UK recently acquired publisher Constable & Robinson and has announced a new division merging the acquisition with Piatkus, to “take advantage of publishing synergies, streamline day-to-day editorial processes, and help fully integrate Constable & Robinson within the company.”  Constable Robinson publisher Tim Whiting will report to David Shelley, publisher of the Little, Brown UK group.  Constable & Robinson’s Corsair fiction imprint will remain separate, run by James Gurbutt, ...Read More

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Perseus/Hachette Deal Cancelled

The deal announced earlier this month for Hachette Book Group to buy Perseus Books, and then to sell the Perseus distribution business to Ingram (reported on here) has fallen through.

Perseus CEO David Steinberger told employees: “The planned transaction involving our company, Hachette, and Ingram is not moving forward. Despite much effort from all three parties, we could not reach agreement on everything necessary to close the transaction.”

A statement ...Read More

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